Sausage and Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

Here is another great way to incorporate pumpkin into your diet! This creamy pumpkin sauce is a hearty addition to Sausage and Pasta with Pumpkin Saucepasta and pan seared sausage. On cold fall nights, this fills everyone up with something creative and nutritional. All that rich orange color will not only look beautiful on your plate, satisfy your taste buds, and fill your kitchen with the scent of fall, this dish is also packed with beta-carotene which is great for those on a heart healthy diet. You can always substitute turkey or chicken sausage in the dish which have less fat than the traditional pork sausage.

Recipe:

1 box of whole grain pasta

1 package of sausage links, sliced

1 tablespoon of minced garlic

1 can of chicken broth

1 cup of pureed fresh pumpkin or can use one can of packed pumpkinSlicing the sausage and chopping the parsley

1/4 cup of white wine

1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper

1 bunch of fresh parsley chopped

1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Olive oil

Start by cooking your pasta. I like using pasta shapes that will hold a lot of sauce like the bow-tie or spiral ziti. Once cooked, drain and set aside.

Cooking the pasta

In a large pot, pan sear your sliced sausage in a tablespoon of olive oil until nicely browned on all sides.

Pan searing the sausage

Add garlic and cook an additional minute or two. Add your chicken broth, pumpkin, wine, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and ground pepper. Stir well. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat, and cook for 6-8 minutes uncovered until sauce thickens slightly.

Adding the broth and pumpkinLetting the sauce simmer

Add your cooked pasta to the sauce and stir well. Right before serving, add parsley and parmesan cheese.

Pasta added to the sauceYum! Pumpkin sauce and pasta

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