Bring on the Pumpkin: Recipe #2

After my pumpkin dessert disaster,
I decided to go for a savory dish for my second try at pumpkin. Another Rachael Ray recipe, this one was quick and easy, which was perfect since I was already hungry when I started cooking it. The final product ended up being very rich and creamy, and a bit on the sweet side. I definitely finished my plate ; )

Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 1 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic, cracked and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • 4-6 sprigs sage leaves(about 2 tablespoons), cut into chiffonade
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated
  • Coarse salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound penne rigate, cooked to al dente
  • Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, for grating

Heat a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon EVOO to the pan and brown the sausage in it. Transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate. Drain fat from skillet and return pan to the stove. Add the remaining tablespoon EVOO, followed by the garlic and onion. Sauté 3-5 minutes until the onions are tender.

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

Return drained pasta to the pot you cooked it in. Remove the bay leaf from sauce and pour the sausage pumpkin sauce over the pasta. Combine sauce and pasta and toss over low heat for 1 minute. Garnish the pasta with lots of shaved cheese and sage leaves.


  1. I'm all over the pumpkin recipes!!!! oooh I'm so going to be following your blog for these:-) You completely threw me off with the comment on my blog! My first reaction was - Amanda Klein?? Is this a cousin of Peter? hahaha! I forgot that you got married my friend! bisous

  2. It's so funny to hare a last name with Peter now! : )


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