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Pumpkin Sausage Penne Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Sausage Penne Pasta is an easy 30 minute recipe that brings the flavors of fall to the kitchen table with pumpkin puree and ground sausage.

Two green bowls with pumpkin sausage penne pasta on a yellow table

I love really simple recipes like this one. Other than cooking the pasta it’s a one pot dish with simple ingredients I basically always have on hand.

Choosing to pair the pumpkin with a cream sauce is a match made in heaven. The flavors are rich without being heavy by choosing to sub traditional heavy cream with almond milk and adding a hearty dose of Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients:

  • penne pasta
  • olive oil
  • ground Italian sausage
  • green bell pepper
  • red bell pepper
  • onion
  • garlic cloves
  • dried rosemary
  • pumpkin puree
  • almond milk
  • Parmesan cheese grated

Substitutions

Instead of almond milk you can use whole milk, half and half, or coconut milk.

If you don’t have Italian sausage you can do what I did with the Italian Sausage Sandwiches and season them yourself!

Collage showing the first 2 steps of the cooking process

Adding sausage and veggies to the pasta helps to round out the meal and make it more substantial than just the pasta and pumpkin cream sauce would be.

How to make pumpkin penne with sausage?

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.  When pasta is done, drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, add olive oil and peppers, onion, rosemary, and garlic to a large pan over medium high heat.  As veggies begins to soften, about 2-3 minutes, add the sausage.  
  3. Continue cooking until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables have softened about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add pumpkin puree, milk, and cheese.  Simmer sauce over medium-low heat until sauce is heated through about 3-4 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Add pasta to sauce and toss to coat.

What to serve with pumpkin penne?

A blue pot with pumpkin sausage penne pasta in it

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Pumpkin Sausage Penne Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Sausage Penne Pasta is an easy 30 minute recipe that brings the flavors of fall to the kitchen table with pumpkin puree and ground sausage.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 461kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 16 oz penne pasta

Sausage and Veggies

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp rosemary dried

Pumpkin Cream Sauce

  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup almond milk or whole milk, half and half, or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions.  When pasta is done, drain well.
  • Meanwhile, add olive oil and peppers, onion, rosemary, and garlic to a large pan over medium high heat.  As veggies begins to soften, about 2-3 minutes, add the sausage.  
  • Continue cooking until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables have softened about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add pumpkin puree, milk, and cheese.  Simmer sauce over medium-low heat until sauce is heated through about 3-4 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add pasta to sauce and toss to coat.

Nutrition

Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 509mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8900IU | Vitamin C: 35.2mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    We shared this pumpkin sausage penne this holiday season. Everyone in the family loves it! Every bite burst with happiness, it’s like the heaven opened its gates. This is so good, so thumbs up!

  2. 5 stars
    I am loving this penne pasta recipe. I made it this New Year’s Eve Party celebration. My kids love it and they won’t stop eating. Thanks for this. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Xoxo.

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