Friday, October 22, 2010

Pumpkin Sausage Pasta - A Fall Delight

Pumpkin Pasta night is the most awaited night of early Fall. I came across this recipe several years ago on Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals show, made a few tweaks and it soon became a seasonal favorite to rival any comfort food. The Spinach Apple Salad is the perfect add for a well rounded meal.

Because we're a gluten-free household, brown rice penne pasta is used in place of wheat pasta and of course raw cream instead of pasteurized.

Pumpkin Sausage Pasta
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter (I prefer these healthy fats when cooking)
  • 1 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage (if you'd like more of a kick go spicy!)
  • 4 cloves garlic, cracked and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
  • 4 to 6 sprigs sage leaves, cut into chiffonade (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup dry white wine (if you don't have wine, just replace with another cup of chicken stock)
  • 1 can of pumpkin (or 15-16 oz if you're baking a fresh pumpkin)
  • 1/2 cup raw cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground or freshly grated cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
  • Coarse salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound brown rice penne pasta (al dente)
  • Parmigiano Reggiano for grating

Directions:

Heat a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or butter 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 or butter, then garlic and onion. Saute 3 to 5 minutes until tender.

Add bay leaves, sage and wine to the pan. Reduce wine by half (about 2 minutes). Add stock and pumpkin and stir to combine. Continue stirring until sauce comes to a bubble. Return sausage to pan, reduce heat and stir in cream. Add cinnamon and nutmeg and salt & pepper to taste. Simmer mixture 5 to 10 minutes to thicken sauce.

Place drained pasta on serving dish. Remove the bay leaves from sauce and pour sauce over pasta. Garnish with lots of shaved cheese and sage leaves.

Spinach Salad with Apple and Red Onion:

  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 1 small Golden Delicious apple, quartered, cored, and sliced
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (a couple of splashes) apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon (a good drizzle) of raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • Celtic salt and black pepper to taste
  • A sprinkle of Parmigiano Reggiano

Directions:

Toss spinach, apples, onions, walnuts and cheese in a salad bowl.

Pour oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, fennel seeds, salt and pepper in a small jar or container with a tight lid. Shake to combine dressing for about 1 minute. Pour dressing over salad, toss and enjoy!

Yields 4 servings



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20 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful and very taste!!!

    Big kisses.

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  2. It is a favorite that we have year after year

    Michele
    {{HUGS}}

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  3. I have two pumpkins left from last summer's crop, so even though it's spring here I might give it a go as it looks delicious. I hope the recent change in my url hasn't meant you've lost me - it's now http://kangaroosofthescrubbybush.blogspot.com Drop by and check out the new joey.

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  4. Thanks Cheryl! I hope you enjoy the recipe...I hopped over to your site and I haven't lost the feed to your url, thank goodness (:

    Take care!
    Michele

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  5. I'm going to make this soon. It sounds delish.

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  6. Yum! Looks scrumptious, thanks for sharing.I love new fab recipes.~Cheers Kim

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  7. Just to thank you for being follower of my two blogs :)

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  8. Looks great!!! I will try your recipe.
    Blessings from France

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  9. Yum-O! Thanks for sharing! I'm a follower now, too! Here's to more mutual blog visits :)

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  10. I'm going to pick up some sausage next time I'm out shopping. This sounds delish!

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  11. This looks delicious! Thanks for visiting my blog, and for the follow. You have a beautiful blog. I will be following!

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  12. This looks so yum, we eat lots of pasta in our family so I will have to give it a go, thanks for the idea x

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  13. Looks delish!!

    Hi! I'm a new follower of your lovely blog.
    Have a nice day!

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  14. Thanks for visiting my site! And becoming a follower too. :)

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  15. This sounds yummy and I am going to give it a try!

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  16. Thanks for following my blog! I love your blog and I knew you were a Nourishing Traditions girl too after reading that you prefer to use real butter or coconut oil! This recipe sounds awesome!

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  17. This looks like such an amazing fall recipe. Would you link it up to our friday recipe link up? It doesnt matter that it is an older post, my readers would love it. we do alot of natural cooking too (we are a waldorf homeschooling family) and i'm so glad i found your blog this week! ~~Katie http://www.katieslanguagecafe.com/2012/10/french-cuisine-friday-recipe-link-up-2.html

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  18. Thanks for linking it up! Looks so good! ~~katie

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