Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta

Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta | This dish combines delicious fall flavors and textures. Pumpkin, Italian sausage, coconut milk, and spices create a hearty yet light pasta! Your tastebuds will love it! | WorldofPastabilities.com

 

Uh oh…saw yesterday on the news that there may be a shortage of pumpkins this year (due to so much rain)! So it’s time to hurry off to the store or pumpkin stand and get one while you can…and stock up on your canned pumpkin too. They might be more expensive than usual so be prepared. You certainly can’t be caught shorthanded during this holiday season, whether your pumpkins are for decorating or eating!

Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta combines delicious fall flavors and textures. Pumpkin, Italian sausage, coconut milk, and spices create a hearty yet light pasta! Your tastebuds will love it! | WorldofPastabilities.com
Cookie (my Mom) and I had a discussion over dinner (while eating this delicious Italian Sausage Pumpkin Pasta, of course!) about the health attributes of pumpkins. This favorite fall squash is known to help with vision, improve our immunity systems, and even aid in weight loss. Wow…who knew?

Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta combines delicious fall flavors and textures. Pumpkin, Italian sausage, coconut milk, and spices create a hearty yet light pasta! Your tastebuds will love it! | WorldofPastabilities.com
But getting at the goodness of a pumpkin isn’t easy. It’s like any of those tough skinned squash…you risk losing a finger. So we need an easy shortcut. One of my favorite things to buy this time of year pre-cut is butternut squash. Do you recall my recipe for Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce? (It’s time to bring that recipe out again!) In the case of pumpkin too, we have another shortcut that will make you happy. With our Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta, you can use canned pumpkin. Yes I said “canned”, and yes, you can.

Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta combines delicious fall flavors and textures. Pumpkin, Italian sausage, coconut milk, and spices create a hearty yet light pasta! Your tastebuds will love it! | WorldofPastabilities.com
There is a debate surrounding the nutritional aspects of canned veggies. Some argue that the canned alternatives of vegetables are never as high in nutrients as the fresh. During processing, some manufacturers add sugars and salt. Others claim that fresh vegetables lose their nutritional value over time, so it really depends on the age of the veggie while canned vegetables retain their nutritional value. But good news! With pumpkin, both canned and fresh are packed with goodness – lots of potassium, vitamin A, etc. So go ahead and pull out the can opener!

Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta combines delicious fall flavors and textures. Pumpkin, Italian sausage, coconut milk, and spices create a hearty yet light pasta! Your tastebuds will love it! | WorldofPastabilities.com
Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta just tastes like autumn. The pumpkin flavor itself is subtle and the spices just add the right smell and punch to the dish. If you didn’t know there was pumpkin in this recipe, you might not even know it was there. So be adventurous and try it.

Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta combines delicious fall flavors and textures. Pumpkin, Italian sausage, coconut milk, and spices create a hearty yet light pasta! Your tastebuds will love it! | WorldofPastabilities.com
Our entire family loved this pasta when we served it. The combination of sausage, pumpkin, coconut milk, and spices make for a hearty yet light meal. It’s not often we can say that!

And for added texture and crunch, we topped it off with pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds).  And did you notice the pumpkin sauce is served with our “Zucchette” pumpkin pasta?! Triple pumpkin fun! The pumpkin shape is perfect for these types of heartier sauces. You can find it also in our Healthy Beef Ragu with Mint recipe. Warning: you’ll fall for it too! 🙂

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Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta

Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta combines fall flavors and textures. Pumpkin, Italian sausage, coconut milk, and spices create a hearty yet light pasta!

Ingredients

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  • 16 oz. Italian Inspired “Zucchette” Pasta (may substitute penne or rigatoni)
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs sage leaves, chiffonade (thinly cut), or 2-3 t. dried sage
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1/8 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Pepitas for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large nonstick pan, brown sausage over medium high heat with 1 T. olive oil.
  2. Transfer sausage to a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Drain excess fat from pan, add 1 T. olive oil, and saute the onion and garlic until transparent, approx. 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add white wine, sage, and bay leaf to pan. Reduce wine by about half. Should take just a couple of minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth and pumpkin and stir until sauce begins to simmer.
  6. Add sausage and coconut milk and reduce heat. Stir to combine.
  7. Season with cinnamon and nutmeg. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Simmer sauce 8-10 minutes until thickened. Remove bay leaf.
  9. Cook pasta according to package instructions and drain.
  10. In a serving dish, pour sauce over pasta and toss gently.
  11. Serve pasta in bowls topped with fresh Parm and pepitas! Enjoy!

 

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104 Comments

  1. Jordan Lover on January 16, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Why do so many people leave feedback on a recipe they have not tried? Who cares if you think it looks yummy? Where are the actual reviews of the recipe?

    • carey on January 17, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Haha! I guess the pictures are inspiring!:) Can’t wait to read your review!

  2. Presley on October 20, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I really love the coconut milk in this recipe. Your pumpkin pasta is not only beautiful, but tastes wonderful. This is a hit.

  3. Dina Lindquist on October 14, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    I made a pumpkin pasta sauce before and it was delicious. Your recipe looks divine!

  4. kari on October 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    I’ll bet it tastes like “fall”! Looks delish!

  5. Joan Leonard on October 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    pumpkin and pasta sounds good to eat I THINK!!

  6. Kirsten on October 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought this would be something I would like but that looks delicious.

  7. deborah penney on October 14, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    This dish looks delish!

  8. katie b on October 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Here for #WackyWednesday

  9. Macie Halliday on October 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Looks so yummy!

  10. Jodi Boulier on October 14, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you for the recipe! I am always up to trying something different and looks really really good!

  11. Judy Geiger on October 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Yummy! I love the fall pumpkin flavors 🙂

  12. Malia w on October 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Yummy lookin’ ..thanks for the chance ‪#‎WackyWednesday‬

  13. Stacy B on October 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    yummy love wacky wednesday

  14. Jack Przybylski on October 14, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Looks so good

  15. Mark Watson on October 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Love Pasta House.

  16. Daina crews mills on October 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    That sounds yummy this time of year!

  17. Candace Galan-Calderon on October 14, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I love the pumpkin pasta, italian sausage not so much so I would just substitute something else.

  18. Patricia Vazquez on October 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Looks delicious!!

  19. Karen R on October 14, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I think I can do this! Sounds yummy!

  20. Wendy Sulek on October 14, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    This looks delicious!

  21. rob fiorenza on October 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    yummy looks good

  22. Linda Rice on October 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one.

  23. Saundra Bowers on October 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    This looks really good and is on my grocery list to try soon!

  24. Jen Ha on October 14, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    looks delish !!~

  25. Dolores Adair on October 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    These are simply perfect for fall meals. What great inspiration!

  26. Kay on October 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    What a nice fall supper idea! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Merri matalon on October 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Love pasta and pumpkin. Sounds delicious!

  28. heather hess on October 14, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    looks yummy, i see a new family favorite!!

  29. Paula Gillespie on October 14, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    This looks so good, ty for sharing the recipe with us. Will have to try it.

  30. Kari Judd on October 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

    The Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta Looks very Delectable! Going to try This Today!

  31. Kerrianne Weaver on October 14, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Will definitely be trying this

  32. Alma Brand on October 14, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Look Really YUMMY!Thank 4 The Recipe..

  33. Christa Lopez on October 14, 2015 at 11:52 am

    This looks delicious!

  34. nicole ford on October 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

    wow that looks amazing

  35. Shannon RIchards on October 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Looks delicious

    • carey on October 14, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Let me know what you think after you try it!

  36. Elizabeth Geiger on October 14, 2015 at 11:32 am

    This looks like a yummy fall recipe!

  37. Wendi on October 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Looks delicious… Love everything pumpkin!

  38. carol on October 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Looks yummy!!

  39. Randi Nemeroff on October 14, 2015 at 11:18 am

    can’t wait to try this recipe!

  40. blackroze37@yahoo.com on October 14, 2015 at 11:18 am

    OMG you made me hungry, sounds so good

  41. melinda singer on October 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Hearty and filling for those cool fall evening meals.

  42. Jennifer Essad on October 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    this is a really unique recipe, I like the ingredients and hope to make this for our Sunday dinner ‪#‎WackyWednesday‬

  43. AMBER KOLB on October 14, 2015 at 11:08 am

    This looks like a hearty and tasty menu option for fall. I am going to try and make this next weekend when we have family coming to town. Thank you for the idea and the recipe AND the giveaway!

  44. Jamie Green on October 14, 2015 at 11:01 am

    gotta try this one! warm us up with some delicious pasta with this crisp weather!

  45. Jeanine Jones on October 14, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Yum! This looks delicious!

  46. Erin Sloan on October 14, 2015 at 10:53 am

    That sounds ABSOLUTELY delicious!! <3

  47. Amber STewart on October 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

    This looks amazing!!!

  48. Sandra U. on October 14, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Looks delicious and a must have!

  49. sean fiorenza on October 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    wow this looks great

  50. Cherie on October 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Yum! My son thanks you so much for this recipe. He loves pumpkin. ?

  51. alicia on October 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Wow that looks really good and easy.

  52. joanna on October 14, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Pepitas is a cool choice! Sounds really good. Can’t wait to try it out! All we need now is some fall weather in CA (over 90 degreed today)!

  53. Anne Hanson on October 14, 2015 at 10:11 am

    This looks and sounds amazing. I would add mushrooms for extra protein! 🙂

  54. Brooke waters on October 14, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Delicious!

  55. Melissa Craig Marcum on October 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Looks amazingly delicious, I will be making this..YUM!!!!!!!!! ‪#‎WackyWednesday‬

  56. MEG TUCKER on October 14, 2015 at 10:05 am

    My husband will be very happy when I make this! I think the coconut milk is going to give it a nice twist!

  57. Melissa Mazzur on October 14, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Perfect for today!

  58. Sheryl Edwards on October 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I did not know that there was pumpkin pasta! This sounds perfect for a cool fall day! Thank you for the recipe! I plan to try it!

  59. Stephanie MacDonald on October 14, 2015 at 9:41 am

    YUMMY! Sounds fantastic! Going to try this weekend!

  60. Debi Rollman on October 14, 2015 at 9:39 am

    This looks and sounds amazing ! Definitely gonna try it !

  61. Kelsey Staples on October 14, 2015 at 9:38 am

    This looks delicious. I think I may eliminate the sausage and just eat the pumpkin pasta part!

  62. Tiffany Becker on October 14, 2015 at 9:29 am

    This looks delicious! #WackyWednesday

  63. debra keffer on October 14, 2015 at 9:23 am

    i am going to the grocery store to get the ingredients for this today looks fabulous

  64. Amy Tolley on October 14, 2015 at 9:22 am

    this recipe sounds great and perfect for this time of year…

  65. Natalie J Vandenberghe on October 14, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Looks delicious!

  66. Cwh on October 14, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Looks great love to try.

  67. deb cohen on October 14, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Looks yummy will be trying this one ty

  68. Hali K on October 14, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I am so glad you included the recipie! Can’t wait to fix this for dinner one night!

    • carey on October 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Please let me know what you think when you try it.

  69. Stephanie Ludwig on October 14, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Sounds yummy!

  70. Joe G on October 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

    looks totally amazing. Great fall dish!

  71. Donna K on October 14, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I love fall

  72. Stacy Schneider on October 14, 2015 at 8:29 am

    This look absolutely amazing! I will definitely be sharing this on my facebook page with my Origami Owl customers! Thanks you!

  73. Carol Burgess on October 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Everything looks delicious

  74. jeannine d on October 14, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I am going to have to make this for dinner

  75. Sandy N on October 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Great recipe. I’m going to try it!

    • carey on October 14, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Great! Let me know what you think when you try it.

  76. Iris on October 14, 2015 at 7:59 am

    I would love to win this pasta , my twins love it! All what they want to eat is pasta! This pasta looks so good and healthy!

  77. Denise on October 14, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Looks delicious!

  78. Amanda R. on October 14, 2015 at 7:47 am

    The perfect pasta for fall!

  79. Cheryl Messick on October 14, 2015 at 7:34 am

    This looks really good, and perfect for this time of the year

  80. Jenny Q. on October 14, 2015 at 7:31 am

    I am going to have to try out this recipe. It looks good!

  81. Wilford raney on October 14, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Yummy- and I can share the healthy pumpkin w/ my pup

  82. nancy fiorenza on October 14, 2015 at 7:13 am

    wow that looks really good gotta try this

  83. jane peterson on October 14, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Looks delicious!

  84. Sarah Phillips on October 14, 2015 at 6:54 am

    This Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta looks absolutely delicious. I’ve never combined the flavors of pumpkin and pasta together, but it sounds heavenly. I love that this recipe is a mixture of healthy & comfort food. Perfect meal for a chilly Fall day <3 Thanks for sharing with us!

    • carey on October 14, 2015 at 9:36 am

      You are so welcome Sarah!

  85. Kathy Lane on October 14, 2015 at 6:52 am

    This recipe looks so yummy!

  86. lisa mcfarland on October 14, 2015 at 6:49 am

    looks delicious

  87. Hayward LN on October 14, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Love the pepita garnish. I will definitely try this, it looks delicious.

  88. Claire Quaile on October 14, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Oh lordy lord this dish looks amazing!!!! ☺

  89. lindsay gerber on October 14, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Definitely a must try!

  90. Mag B on October 14, 2015 at 6:26 am

    Beautiful pictures and food! Thanks for posting!!

  91. Christina Oster on October 14, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Pumpkin leaves such a comforting, unique and familiar flavor to pasta.

  92. Jennifer Duran on October 14, 2015 at 6:19 am

    This looks super yummy

  93. Kari Wagoner on October 14, 2015 at 6:18 am

    i need to try this!

  94. Danielle Burghardt on October 14, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I must try this recipe! It looks fabulous!

  95. Kathleen Walsh on October 14, 2015 at 6:09 am

    This is a must try! Yum!

  96. Jessica on October 14, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Looks yummy. And a shortage of pumpkin is sad. 🙁

    • carey on October 14, 2015 at 9:38 am

      YES! A pumpkin shortage in a world of pumpkin spice lovers is very sad…

  97. Kathy B. on October 9, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Your Zucchette pumpkin shaped pasta is beautiful and so unique. I need some!! It will make all of my pasta dishes look more sophisticated than they actually are!

  98. Judy B. on October 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    This sounds so warm and comforting. Can’t wait to try it! I heard the other day that pumpkin is also good for dogs when they are having digestive problems. However, I think I’ll keep it for myself and give him regular dog food. Sorry, Marley.

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