Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sweet Italian Sausage

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I tend to be a bit of a pumpkin fanatic, so you might begin to see some pumpkin-flavored things on the blog in the month of November. Not exclusively pumpkin, of course, but you’ll note some hints of some pumpkin deliciousness here and there. I admit succumbing to “pumpkin puree panic” this fall.  Last year, you see, there was a known shortage of pumpkin puree… and so this year I picked up a case of pumpkin puree early in September (just to be sure I’d have enough this year).  I’ve already plowed through that case of pumpkin puree, mostly making loaves upon loaves of my all-time favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe for the neighborhood.  But that’s ok… it appears that pumpkin puree is plentiful for the fall of 2010.  Phew.

Here’s a fall dinner that is both family friendly and delicious:  Creamy Pumpkin Pasta (I add in sweet Italian sausage, too).

I’m crazy about this recipe because the sauce is wonderfully creamy, but it’s not too heavy either. Yes, you can lighten this up and use light sour cream. I venture to say that you can even try using fat free half & half in place of heavy whipping cream too.

The best part about this recipe is that my family loved it… even the quick-to-critique-RecipeGirl’s-cooking little 9 year old loved this pasta. The pumpkin flavor doesn’t come through largely, which is a good thing since the last thing you probably want to eat is a mouthful of unsweetened pumpkin with your pasta. But rather it comes though as a velvety textured sauce instead. A good dose of freshly grated Romano cheese tops off this pasta dish and gives it that flavor bang that pairs nicely with the sauce.

This recipe can be found here: Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Come back (often) this month to see what other kinds of pumpkin-themed recipes I’ve got up my sleeve. It won’t all be pumpkin though… I like cranberries, too 🙂

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Pamela Steeley wrote:

    Oh I see now.

  • Pamela Steeley wrote:

    This sounds great. How do I save it to the recipe box?

  • Lesley F wrote:

    I made this the other night and my family loved it. I added the sweet Italian sausage and all I can say is yummy!

  • Jen Schall wrote:

    I love the combination of pumpkin and sausage with pasta… Made a similar dish recently and now I’m craving it again. Yours looks fantastic!

  • Tracy wrote:

    This recipe is on my to-make list for sure. I LOVE creamy pastas, and the pumpkin just puts it over the top!!

  • Phil wrote:

    Very unique dish. It looks very tasty! Can’t wait to see your other pumpkin recipes.

  • Katrina wrote:

    This looks amazing! I want to dig right in.

  • Kristina wrote:

    Lori – this looks fabulous! I’m a huge fan of pumpkin as well.

  • Charles G Thompson wrote:

    Great combo pumpkin and sausage! I’m going to have to give this a try.

  • Lys @CookInStilettos wrote:

    What a fab looking pasta dish and I love the idea of pairing the pumpkin with italian sausage! Must try!

  • Andrea wrote:

    Love the combination of flavors in your sauce! I don’t really eat pasta so I would probably serve this over ribbons of zucchini that had been lightly sauteed! Yum!

  • Jenny Flake wrote:

    Gorgeous pasta Lori! I can practically taste the pumpkin 🙂 Mmmm! Enjoy your day 🙂

  • Lauren at KeepItSwee wrote:

    this looks delicious! i had stocked up on pumpkin last year and now am down to my last can…. must get more asap!

  • Katie | GoodLifeEats wrote:

    I want this RIGHT NOW! It looks so good and I love experimenting with pumpkin in savory dishes for a change.

  • Heather wrote:

    Yum! This sounds amazing Lori! Love the addition of the pumpkin. And don’t worry about the pumpkin recipes…love them! Looking forward to seeing more.
    Hope you had a great Halloween!

  • Cate O’Malley wrote:

    I’ve seen a bunch of pasta recipes with pumpkin in them, but just haven’t been brave enough to try them. You may have convinced me.

  • patsyk wrote:

    this looks like a fabulous fall dish! I love that you added sausage to it… makes it more like a full meal in one dish!

  • Susan @ SGCC wrote:

    This looks terrific! I have an old Rachael Ray recipe I used to make years ago that was similar to this one. Great combo of flavors!

  • bridget wrote:

    Bookmarking this for next week. Do you know how many of your recipes I have bookmarked?!? When does that cookbook come out, girl?!?

  • Cookin’ Canuck wrote:

    Great photo, Lori! I love the idea of the sweet pumpkin with the salty/slightly spicy sausage.