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Pumpkin Penne with Italian Sausage

pumpkin penne We love finding ways to swap out jarred pasta sauce for lightened up homemade versions. We've been known to whip up creamy avocado alfredo and zesty roasted red pepper sauce.  Now, just in time for fall, we have a new comforting pasta recipe featuring rich pumpkin puree. Paired with sweet Italian turkey sausage and grated Romano cheese, this pasta dish is sure to gather everyone around the table!


Pumpkin Penne with Italian Sausage

Recipe adapted from What's Up with the Westovers


  • 8 oz. whole wheat penne
  • 1 lb. ground sweet Italian turkey sausage
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup white onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • 12 oz. pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup fat free half and half
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Romano cheese



  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, brown sausage. Drain fat and remove sausage from skillet.
  3. In the same skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in chicken broth, pumpkin, half and half, crushed red pepper, cinnamon and salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer 8-10 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken.
  5. Stir in cooked penne, sausage and cheese. Serve hot. Garnish with grated Romano.

Yield: 6 servings

*Per Serving:  Calories 350, Total Fat 13g (Saturated 3.5g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 60mg, Sodium 490mg, Total Carbohydrate 38g (Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 6g), Protein 23g, Vitamin A 140%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 10%, Iron 10%

*Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding. 


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