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This spicy sausage pumpkin pasta sauce is packed full of delicious pumpkin and is perfect served over pasta, ravioli or gnocchi. Super simple to make and packed full of fall flavor. 

This spicy sausage pumpkin pasta sauce is packed full of delicious pumpkin and is perfect served over pasta, ravioli or gnocchi. Super simple to make and packed full of fall flavor.

You know how October hits and everyone goes crazy over pumpkin? Well, I’m sadly one of those people. I feel like October and November are really the prime months of pumpkin consumption and I make sure to use my time wisely. While I’m a sucker for a good pumpkin dessert I really love using pumpkin in a nice savory way. I used it last year to make a super delicious chicken bacon pumpkin gnocchi but this year I’m using it to make your new favorite pasta sauce.

This dish is creamy, packed full of spicy sausage and then jazzed up with some baby spinach and shredded Parmesan cheese. 

This spicy sausage pumpkin pasta sauce is packed full of delicious pumpkin and is perfect served over pasta, ravioli or gnocchi. Super simple to make and packed full of fall flavor.

Now while you can use it to simply pour over pasta (seen above) it’s also a fantastic option for covering ravioli, gnocchi OR baked in a delicious pasta dish.

I should also point out that this dish makes fabulous leftovers. I actually ate it for breakfast the next morning over some leftover pasta. I love eating dinner leftovers for breakfast so I’m always pumped for have a tasty dish just waiting in my fridge.

This spicy sausage pumpkin pasta sauce is packed full of delicious pumpkin and is perfect served over pasta, ravioli or gnocchi. Super simple to make and packed full of fall flavor.

Oh and the really awesome thing about this dish? It’s ready in 30 minutes.

30 minutes people! You get all that homemade slow cooked sauce flavor without all the waiting. I mean I don’t really know how many Italian grandmothers are making slow cooked Sunday sauce with pumpkin but it could happen.

This spicy sausage pumpkin pasta sauce is packed full of delicious pumpkin and is perfect served over pasta, ravioli or gnocchi. Super simple to make and packed full of fall flavor.

Looking for more awesome savory pumpkin recipes? Try my spicy Thai pumpkin soup, pumpkin cornbread chicken sausage stuffing or my slow cooker pumpkin chili

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Spicy Sausage Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

This spicy sausage pumpkin pasta sauce is packed full of delicious pumpkin and is perfect served over pasta, ravioli or gnocchi. Super simple to make and packed full of fall flavor.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

In a large skillet set over medium heat add sausage and onions.

Using your spatula break up the sausage while it brows into bite size pieces. Cook until the sausage is not longer pink. Add in the minced garlic and saute just until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add in pumpkin puree and chicken stock. Stir to combine, lower the heat to medium low and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in Parmesan cheese and heavy cream till combined.

Lower your heat to low and add in baby spinach. Cover the pan and give it 5 minutes to slightly wilt. Stir into the sauce and let the heat of the sauce wilt the spinach further. Season with red pepper flakes.

Top with addition shredded Parmesan if desired.

If the sauce is too thick you thing it out with addition heavy cream, half and half or whole milk.

Serve over pasta, ravioli or gnocchi.

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Beth

Tuesday 22nd of December 2015

This is sooooo freaking good, I've made it twice now. I use ground lamb instead of sausage, and this time used Feta instead of Parmesan. Throw in some random freezer veggies and pasta, yum yum.

nutmegnanny

Wednesday 23rd of December 2015

Hi Beth! I LOVE the idea of using ground lamb! I'm such a lamb fan I have to try this immediately. Thank you so much for letting me know how much you enjoy the dish :)

Candis Wright

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

This sounds delish! When you say a can of pumpkin, which size can are you speaking of, the 29 oz or 15 oz?

nutmegnanny

Tuesday 3rd of November 2015

Hi Candis! It's a 15 ounce can. I'm so sorry I didn't put it in the directions. I changed it to add the measurement. I hope you enjoy the sauce. Thanks!