Pumpkin and Pasta Sausage

Pumpkin and Pasta Sausage

Pumpkin and Pasta Sausage

Pumpkin can be enjoyed all year round. Take this pasta recipe for example. The unusual combination of sausage and pumpkin makes for a delectable combination. Use your noodle and become a pumpkin eater tonight.  

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Ingredients

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided

1 lb. bulk sweet Italian sausage
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
4 sprigs sage leaves, chiffonade cut
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 or fresh grated
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 lb. penne pasta, cooked al dente


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Heat a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to the pan and brown the sausage. Transfer sausage to paper towel-lined plate. Drain fat from skillet and return pan to the stove. Add the remaining tbsp. oil, and then the garlic and onion. Sauté for 3 to 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 and nutmeg, and salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer mixture for 5 to 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 pasta. Combine sauce and pasta and toss over low heat for 1 minute.


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