I Love Autumn Cooking!
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Years ago, Rory and I were watching Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, and she made a dish like this. It sounded so wonderful, so we decided to give it a try. Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage has been a family Fall favorite ever since. My kids can’t wait for me to make this meal every year. Kirk was home from college for a night this past week, and this is what we had for dinner. YUM-O!
I’m sure your family will love it too.
Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage
- 2 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used 1 tbs. at a time)
- 1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage
- 4- cloves Garlic (cracked and chopped)
- 1- medium Onion (finely chopped)
- 1- Bay Leaf (fresh or dried)
- 4 to 6- sprigs Sage Leaves (cut into chiffonade, about 2 tbs.)
- 1- cup Dry White Wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
- 1- cup Chicken Stock
- 1- cup canned Pumpkin
- ½ cup Heavy Cream (3 turns around the pan)
- 1/8 tsp. ground Cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground Nutmeg (ground or freshly grated)
- Coarse Salt and Pepper to taste
- 1 lb. Penne Rigate (cooked to al dente)
- Romano or Parmigiano Cheese (for grating)
- Heat a large, deep, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Split Sausage casing and scrape out the meat. Add 1 tbs. Olive Oil to the pan and brown the sausage. Transfer sausage to paper-towel lined plate.
- Drain fat from the pan and return to the stove.
- Add remaining 1 tbs. Olive oil, Garlic, and Onion. Saute for 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 Chicken Stock and Pumpkin, stir to combine until the sauce comes to a bubble.
- Return sausage to the pan, reduce heat, and stir in Heavy Cream.
- Season the sauce with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Salt, and Pepper. Simmer mixture 5-10 minutes to thicken sauce.
- Return rinsed and drained cooked Pasta to its cooking pot. Remove bay leaf from sauce. Pour sauce over the pasta and toss over low heat for 1 minute.
- Garnish the pasta with lots of shaved Cheese and sage leaves.
NOTE: I serve my pasta and sauce separately for those who want more or less sauce.
- Pumpernickel or Whole Grain Bread
- Spinach Salad with Apple or Pear and Red Onion dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
Wow, was this delicious! I hope you and yours enjoy this Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage as much as we do.
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