Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

My boss brought this in for our office Thanksgiving meal. The taste is definitely different, but I thought the dish was really good and plan to make it myself. My boss asked us to guess the ingredients, and while we could taste the spices, we did not guess pumpkin. It is originally from Rachel Ray. I think it is a wonderful seasonal meal and has some great healthy ingredients.

Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon
1 pound bulk 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 tablespoons
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken stock, canned or paper container
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup (3 turns around the pan) heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, ground or freshly grated
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 pound penne rigate, cooked to al dente
Romano or Parmigiano, for grating


Heat a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and brown the sausage in it. Transfer sausage to paper towel lined plate. Drain fat from skillet and return pan to the stove. Add the remaining tablespoon oil, and then the garlic and onion. Saute 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 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. Garnish the pasta with lots of shaved cheese and sage leaves.


Carrie said...

Heh! Normally I would be all over this, but the combinatin between getting 8 free pumpkins at Halloween, butchering many of them, and getting pregnant has left me queasy just THINKING about pumpkin. Maybe next year.

Dr. Mom said...

Totally understandable! Congratulations on your pregnancy! How exciting!