Top Review by BothFex
Made this last night for our annual pumpkin carving dinner party- had raves all around! The recipe doubled nicely and was easy to prepare- a few changes I made: I used one lb. of sweet sausage and 1 lb. of hot (a happy middle ground). I used RED onions, diced fine (like their color and sweet flavor). I used 1 1/2 T. fresh sage (4-6 leaves? What size of leaves? I also made this once using dried, rubbed sage- be careful with it as it is potent! Use half as much dried as you would use of fresh). I didn't have a dry white wine so I used a mellow reisling (it wasn't too sweet). I used half and half and I grated my own nutmeg (fresh nutneg just adds volumes!)- so there you go. I served this with bread, cheese, and a beautiful spinach salad (#29765). YUUMMM!
- extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lb sweet Italian sausage link (out of the casing)
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 fresh bay leaves or 1 fresh dried bay leaf
- 4 -6 sprigs fresh sage, chiffonade
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup canned pumpkin
- 1⁄2 cup heavy cream or 1⁄2 cup half-and-half
- 1⁄8-1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- salt and pepper
- 1 lb penne (with ridges) or 1 lb rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente (with ridges)
- grated parmesan cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Heat a large skillet to MH heat.
- Add 1 T olive oil, then brown sausage.
- Transfer sausage to plate lined with paper towels to drain fat, set aside.
- Drain fat from skillet, return skillet to stove.
- Add 1 T olive oil, garlic and onion.
- Saute 3-5 minutes, until tender.
- Add Bay, sage, and wine to the pan, stir and incorperate sausage drippings from bottom of the pan.
- Reduce wine by half, then add stock and pumpkin, stir.
- When mixture comes to a bubble, add sausage to pan, reduce heat and add cream.
- Season with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
- Simmer 5-10 minutes.
- Pour pasta into sauce and stir.
- Add cheese and sage to garnish.