Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

November 30, 2008 at 9:48 am 4 comments

I first made this dish last year and was truly impressed with the flavors. Since, I have made it a couple of times each fall. While I believe that pumpkin should be around all year, I like to serve this meal only during the fall as a special treat. The meat could easily be subbed in this dish, although I think the sausage adds a unique flavor and compliments the pumpkin nicely.

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Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 lb bulk sweet Italian sausage
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp sage
1 Cup dry white wine
1 Cup chicken stock
1 Cup canned pumpkin
1/2 Cup heavy cream
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Salt & Pepper
1 lb penne or other tube shape pasta
Parmigiano cheese for grating

Directions:
Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the sausage and transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Drain fat from the skillet and return to stove. Add the remaining oil and saute the garlic and onion until transparent and fragrant.

Add bay leaf, sage, and wine to the pan. Reduce wine by half, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and pumpkin and stir to combine, stirring sauce until it comes to a bubble. Return the sausage to the pan, reduce heat, and stir in cream. Season with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper, to taste. Simmer 5-10 minutes or until sauce thickens.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to manufacturers instructions. Drain and return pasta to the pot you cooked it in. Remove the bay leaf from the sauce and pour over the cooked pasta. Garnish with lots of cheese.

Source: Adapted from Food Network

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Entry filed under: main dish, Pasta.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bridget  |  November 30, 2008 at 9:59 am

    That looks really good. I’ll have to make it once I get through my mountain of Thanksgiving leftovers.

  • 2. Kira  |  November 30, 2008 at 10:17 am

    This looks delicious. I’m not ready to put up the pumpkin yet either, and I keep meaning to try some savory dishes with it.

  • 3. Joelen  |  November 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    This looks wonderful and a pumpkin sauce is so fitting for the season!

  • 4. bloggingexperiments  |  November 30, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    This is a fabulous recipe! I posted it on my blog earlier this fall. Yummy, so good. I think I;ll have to make it again next week! 🙂

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