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Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage: A Delightful Fall Dish

Are you ready to embrace the flavors of fall? Look no further than pasta with pumpkin and sausage, a delightful dish that combines the warmth of autumn with the comfort of a hearty meal. This recipe is perfect for those crisp evenings when you crave something rich and flavorful. Let’s dive in and discover the magic of this seasonal treat.

The Perfect Blend of Flavors

Imagine a bowl of al dente pasta coated in a velvety pumpkin sauce, topped with savory sausage crumbles and sprinkled with fragrant herbs. The combination of sweetness from the pumpkin and the richness of the sausage creates a symphony of flavors that dance on your taste buds. It’s like a cozy sweater for your palate, instantly warming you up from the inside out.

A Celebration of Autumn

This dish is a celebration of all the wonderful ingredients that autumn has to offer. The earthy sweetness of pumpkin, the smoky richness of sausage, and the aromatic spices that fill the air as you cook – it all comes together to create a culinary masterpiece. Each bite is a reminder of the beauty of the season, a moment to savor and enjoy.

Simple Yet Satisfying

One of the best things about pasta with pumpkin and sausage is its simplicity. With just a handful of ingredients, you can create a dish that feels indulgent and complex. It’s the perfect recipe for those nights when you want to impress without spending hours in the kitchen. Plus, the leftovers taste even better the next day, making it an ideal meal prep option.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use any type of pasta for this dish?

Yes, you can use any type of pasta you prefer. Whether it’s spaghetti, penne, or farfalle, the choice is yours. Just make sure to cook it al dente so it holds up well against the thick pumpkin sauce.

2. Can I make this dish vegetarian?

Absolutely! If you prefer a vegetarian version, you can omit the sausage and add some roasted vegetables like mushrooms or bell peppers for an extra burst of flavor.

3. Can I use canned pumpkin puree?

Yes, you can use canned pumpkin puree if you’re short on time. However, if you have the opportunity, roasting a fresh pumpkin will elevate the flavors of the dish and add a wonderful depth of taste.

4. Can I substitute the sausage with a different protein?

Of course! If you’re not a fan of sausage, you can use ground beef, chicken, or even tofu. Just remember to season it well to ensure it complements the pumpkin sauce.

5. How can I make this dish spicier?

If you prefer a spicier version, you can add some red pepper flakes or a dash of cayenne pepper to the sauce. Adjust the amount according to your heat tolerance and enjoy the extra kick!

6. Can I freeze the leftovers?

Yes, you can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, simply thaw and reheat in a pan or microwave.

7. Can I add cheese to this dish?

Definitely! Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese sprinkled on top adds a delightful salty and nutty flavor that pairs beautifully with the pumpkin and sausage.

8. Can I use a different type of squash instead of pumpkin?

Absolutely! If you can’t find pumpkin or prefer a different squash variety, go ahead and use it. Butternut squash, acorn squash, or even sweet potatoes would all work well in this recipe.

In Conclusion

Pasta with pumpkin and sausage is a delightful fall dish that embodies the essence of the season. With its perfect blend of flavors, simplicity, and versatility, it’s a recipe that will warm your heart and soul. So, grab your apron, gather your ingredients, and get ready to savor the taste of autumn in every bite.

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Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Pasta
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil , plus an additional 1 tablespoon
  • 1 pound of sweet Italian sausage (bulk)
  • 4 cloves of garlic , cracked and chopped
  • 1 medium-sized onion , finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf , fresh or dried
  • 4 to 6 sprigs of sage leaves , cut into chiffonade (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 cup of chicken stock (canned or paper container)
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream (about 3 turns around the pan)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg (ground or freshly grated)
  • Coarse salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound of penne rigate , cooked until al dente
  • Romano or Parmigiano (for grating)
  • Pumpernickel or whole grain bread (as an accompaniment)
  • Spinach Salad with Apple and Red Onion (as an accompaniment , recipe follows)
  • 1 pound of triple-washed spinach , de-stemmed
  • 1 small Golden Delicious apple , quartered, cored, and sliced
  • 1/4 small red onion , thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (a couple of splashes)
  • 1 teaspoon of grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (a good drizzle)
  • Coarse salt and black pepper.


  • Heat a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and cook the sausage until browned.
  • Transfer the sausage to a plate lined with paper towels to drain excess fat.
  • Drain the fat from the skillet and return it to the stove.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, garlic, and onion to the skillet.
  • Saute for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender.
  • Add the bay leaf, sage, and wine to the skillet.
  • Reduce the wine by half, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the stock and pumpkin, then bring the sauce to a bubble.
  • Return the sausage to the skillet, reduce the heat, and stir in the cream.
  • Season the sauce with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
  • Simmer the mixture for 5 to 10 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • In the pot you used to cook the pasta, return the drained pasta.
  • Remove the bay leaf from the sauce and pour the sausage pumpkin sauce over the pasta.
  • Combine the sauce and pasta, tossing over low heat for 1 minute.
  • Garnish the pasta with shaved cheese and sage leaves.
  • Serve the pumpkin sausage pasta with pumpernickel or whole grain bread.
  • To make the Spinach Salad with Apple and
Keyword Apple Recipes, Cheese, Dairy Recipes, Fruit, Meat, Pasta Recipes, Pumpkin, Sausage Recipes, Spinach, Vegetable
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