Pumpkin Sausage Pasta
Pumpkin Pasta with Sausage Ingredients
Your family is going to love this. And if you don’t tell them, they’ll never know there’s pumpkin in it!
- Pasta: Use a good sturdy pasta like Penne
- Olive Oil: Perfect for pasta dishes
- Sausage: Use extra lean sausage for a healthier dish
- Garlic and Onion: Finely chopped and minced
- Red and Yellow Pepper: Chop into bite sized pieces for easy eating
- Chicken Broth: Could use Beef or Veggie Broth
- Canned Pumpkin: Please don’t use canned pie filling, that would be bad
- Heavy Cream: Can sub out for half and half.
- Ground Nutmeg: Just a little bit add such a rich complex flavor
- Salt and Pepper: Add more or less to taste
- Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated
How to Make Pumpkin Pasta
It’s a quick and easy and on your dinner table in 30 minutes. Perfect for any day of the week!
- Cook: In a skillet over medium high heat add the olive oil and brown the sausage. Once it’s cooked remove to a paper towel lined plate, drain the fat from the skillet and return to heat.
- Saute: Add more olive oil and saute the garlic, onion and peppers till tender
- Sauce: Add the chicken broth, and pumpkin to the pan and bring to a boil, add the sausage, reduce the heat and then stir in the heavy cream
- Simmer: Simmer the mixture 5-10 minutes
- Cook: Cook the pasta al dente
- Combine: Return the drained pasta to the pot, pour the sauce over the pasta and toss gently to coat. Top with parmesan cheese.
Tips for Making Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta
- Sausage: There are so many varieties out there that you can use, pick what you love. Hot Italian, sweet Italian, pork, turkey or chicken sausage. If you don’t use a ground sausage, however, be sure to remove the casings.
- Vegetarian: Skip the sausage all together for a vegetarian meal.
- Sage: If you love the taste of sage with your pumpkin throw in 2-3 leaves in your sauce while it simmers, then remove.
- Pasta: Use a sturdy pasta to pair with sausage. Things like Orecciette, Rigatoni or any chubby big pasta will work well.
- Al Dente: Don’t over cook your noodles, you don’t want them soggy. They will absorb some of the sauce so keep them firm.
- Vegetables: If you don’t like peppers you can substitute them for zucchini, or other vegetables of your choice.
- Pumpkin: I really like to use the canned pumpkin puree, it makes it so smooth and creamy. Homemade pumpkin will work just as well and give it a nice fresh flavor. I would blitz the homemade puree to make sure it’s super smooth before adding it to the sauce.
Storing Pasta Skillet
This is even better the next day!
- Fridge: This keeps really well in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the fridge. Leftovers taste even better.
- Freeze: You can freeze the sauce before or after you add the noodles. Both will keep in an airtight container for up to 2-3 months. Thaw in fridge and warm in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave. You may need to add some broth or water to thin the sauce.
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Sausage Pumpkin Pasta
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound extra lean sausage
- 2 teaspoons garlic minced
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup canned pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound penne pasta
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and brown the sausage in it. Transfer sausage to paper towel-lined plate. Drain fat from skillet and return pan to the stove.
Add the remaining tablespoon oil, and then the garlic, red pepper, yellow pepper and onion. Saute until the vegetables are tender.
Add the chicken broth and pumpkin and stir to combine, stirring sauce until it comes to a bubble. Return sausage to pan, reduce heat and stir in the heavy cream.
Season the sauce with the nutmeg, salt and pepper, to taste.
Simmer mixture 5 to 10 minutes to thicken sauce.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions and then drain.
Return the pasta to the pot you cooked it in and pour the sausage pumpkin sauce over the pasta.
Top the pasta with Parmesan cheese and enjoy.
Originally Posted on September 17, 2014