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Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta Recipe

Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta Recipe

My family really enjoys this meal. Cubed leftover turkey may be substituted for sausage. Just add to the skillet with the cooked pasta for a fast meal. —Katie Wollgast, Florissant, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked multigrain bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup white wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook the sausage, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, pumpkin, wine, sage, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • 3. Drain pasta; add to the skillet and heat through. Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Sneak in some greens by tossing a handful or two of baby spinach into the skillet just before serving. The residual heat will wilt your greens in a minute or two.
  • Canned pumpkin is delicious, and it's packed with fiber and vitamins. Try mixing some into your next batch of chili.
  • Nutritional Facts

    1-3/4 cups: 348 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 733mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 7g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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    PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 256636
    Reviewed Nov. 10, 2016

    "I thought this was a pretty good recipe. Honestly I felt like there could have been a bit MORE of a pumpkin flavor. The sausage I used was pumpkin spice flavored sausage. Instead of cooking the sausage in the pan with the onion, I baked it beforehand. I did omit the mushrooms due to personal preference. I opted to use the white wine and I really think that added a nice extra flavor to the dish. Next time I'll add in some red bell pepper to add some color and I might even throw in a little nutmeg."

    keely27 User ID: 4249986 240498
    Reviewed Dec. 28, 2015

    "I wasn't overly impressed with this recipe, and my husband wasn't a fan. Not likely to make again"

    SuSey22 User ID: 1214956 188326
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

    "great recipe, love the mix, may add some half & hlf or cream for a little more richness, but it was a nice meal"

    hchambers User ID: 7140928 187290
    Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

    "Nice recipe! I found it to be very tasty and I liked the fact that I got my family to eat something they never would have considered. Of course, I didn't tell them there was pumpkin in it. Great way to add more nutrition to everyone's diet."

    antonich129 User ID: 3720876 108498
    Reviewed Aug. 2, 2014

    "No one in my family really liked this recipe. We might just not be "pumpkin in your main dish" people."

    Kristel User ID: 2080347 174126
    Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

    "Yummy! I used mild Italian pork sausage instead, as I could not find the turkey sausage and I used regular sodium chicken broth and added 1/2 tsp. sugar to offset the saltiness and make it balanced. Delicious! Great way to use up that leftover pumpkin from the can after I make my Thanksgiving pumpkin pies!! Thanks for sharing!"

    mkaskela User ID: 6061564 116941
    Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

    "Great flavor"

    HeatherAnnie User ID: 6030942 116940
    Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

    "Enjoyable and quick to put together. I used all broth and though it was good I believe the wine would add flavor. I upped the pasta by at least half a cup and used one tablespoon fresh sage finely chopped. The entire dish was gone and my 21 year old son came back for thirds!!!"

    jbug827 User ID: 1013132 188305
    Reviewed Feb. 19, 2013

    "This had a really nice flavor and came together very quickly and easily for a healthy weeknight dinner. Definitely a keeper! Great recipe!"

    lazyjcafe User ID: 1762141 188303
    Reviewed Feb. 6, 2013

    "The only thing I changed was to omit the mushrooms, my family doesn't like them. This was fantastic, will put in my rotation. Served with a side of peas and garlic bread. Yum!"

    ConnieK User ID: 282614 187288
    Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

    "Very tasty. A great way to use up leftover pumpkin and it comes together very quickly. Will be making again."

    hunter6295 User ID: 1021074 127835
    Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

    "Very tasty as is. I usually add extra spices but did not with this recipe. At the last minute I added a red pepper only because I couldn't get past the lack of color in the dish. I'm kind of weird that way I guess. Tasted great without the pepper though. I will put this in my keeper file!"

    Caroline-ivy User ID: 6946443 211335
    Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

    "Saw this recipe while waiting in line in the grocery store and it prompted me to get the magazine I've made it's pasta many times exactly as written and its definitely a keeper."

    JCV4 User ID: 628113 168655
    Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

    "This was really tasty! I made it with elbows as I didn't have any bowties on hand."

    sweepsnut3000 User ID: 1931014 104402
    Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

    "This was pretty good. Even my boyfriend, who doesn't normally like savory pumpkin dishes, enjoyed it. This recipe is a keeper!"

    BakinGymnast User ID: 5767825 188441
    Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012


    mom2angela User ID: 6137212 145749
    Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

    "I doubled the recipe and added an 8 oz tub of Onion & Chive Cream Cheese which helped it big time. Otherwise I was on the verge of pitching it. Definately different!!"

    cglenmichalski User ID: 5091732 145748
    Reviewed Oct. 14, 2012

    "Loved it! My Father in Law wrinkled up his nose when I told him what we were having, but then he took the left overs home! It was a big hit. Even my boys liked it."

    kshea User ID: 2698812 116938
    Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

    "This was an average recipe, nothing special according to my family. Followed the recipe exactly. Probably would taste alot better if you used fresh pumpkin or squash, pureed, but then that would take alot longer."

    Amathy User ID: 4707736 185657
    Reviewed Oct. 12, 2012

    "It was very,very good with lots of flavor. 4 different (picky) adults ate it and LOVED it!"

    wandagirlfriend User ID: 629359 187286
    Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

    "I've never bothered to write a review before but I felt I needed to comment on this one. It was truly awful and none of us could eat it. I made it exactly as posted so maybe with some tweaking it could be better but I won't be trying to fix it. Sorry"

    kmdshops User ID: 5848290 145746
    Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

    "This is so good that it has made it into regular rotation. My 12 and 8 year old kids love it an so does my husband. In addition, everyone at work that has tasted it has asked for the recipe. I always make a double batch."

    lengelfam User ID: 5043931 168654
    Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

    "Very unique and delicious."

    amandasue35 User ID: 5317782 108496
    Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

    "I used leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and it was pretty good but lacked a little in flavor. Next time I will use Italian sausage to boost the flavor."

    amandasue35 User ID: 5317782 185595
    Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

    "I used leftover turkey from Thanksgiving and it was pretty good but lacked a little in flavor. Next time I will use Italian sausage to boost the flavor."

    BigDuck40 User ID: 6263328 168653
    Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

    "It was good, but the only one that REALLY liked it was my super-picky 6 year-old."

    scrapo User ID: 2908723 185558
    Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

    "Wasn't sure at first glance of the recipe how this would turn out! But it was awesome. I used turkey sausage and didn't have sage so I used savory instead. I also sprinkled in a pinch of pumpkin pie spice. Served w/ some homemade breadstix, delicious fall meal."

    waynnay User ID: 1173686 185556
    Reviewed Nov. 2, 2011

    "I was a little scared of the pumpkin, but it goes well with the sausage and sage."

    Indecision User ID: 6117004 127832
    Reviewed Oct. 29, 2011

    "Although not bad, I think there are lots of other really good recipes for pasta I would make. It did not make the "keeper" file."

    Big-Mike User ID: 3318259 118862
    Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

    "I made this the other night for my wife and myself and we loved it!!! The only modification I made was I used penne pasta instead of bow tie, because my grocery store didin't have bow tie in the wheat pasta. I must admit...I was apprehensive with it having pumpkin in it, but was pleasently surprised.

    Thanks for another great recipe!"

    strayxdogxstrut User ID: 5418908 102754
    Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

    "easy enough to make and very good. The flavor was unique but not so different as to be "strange tasting". Good for impressing company with something seasonal and pretty."

    SPayne2011 User ID: 6285463 116935
    Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

    "This was delish! The entire family loved it, kids and husband who doesn't like pumpkin. I used the extra chicken broth instead of the 1/2 cup white wine, but I think I'd like to try the wine next time. Overall it was great, quick prep, and family-friendly."

    llafayette User ID: 4402468 187285
    Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

    "This was delicious! I was quite curious about pumpkin pasta but I made it last night and cannot wait till noon today when I can eat leftovers for lunch!"

    AdeleDegnan User ID: 4801874 168652
    Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

    "Just OK."

    MHardwick User ID: 6201891 168651
    Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

    "My roommate made this last year and we can't wait to have it for dinner tonight!"

    Taximommy58 User ID: 1605418 185592
    Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

    "Absolutely can't wait to try this! I don't care for Italian sausage, so I would substitute cooked chicken or turkey. Made the Pumpkin-Black Bean chili from this site and it was great. Another plus - my husband and I both love pasta! Also like the idea of adding some beans. Thanks for a great recipe idea."

    ms.gypsy User ID: 3741572 116933
    Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

    "Wow! I wasn't sure what to expect but I had a half can of pumpkin to use up so I gave it a try. I used rotini instead of bowties, as if that makes a difference. This is just delicious! I'm looking forward to a week of good lunches with the leftovers."

    HistoryCooks User ID: 1721277 169984
    Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

    "Didn't much like the texture of the whole wheat pasta, but otherwise this was very good. Next time I will make it with regular pasta."

    ktames User ID: 1421943 145745
    Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

    "I made this and absolutely loved it. Earlier in the week I made the Ravioli and Pumpkin Alfredo in the most recent healthy Cooking (Oct/Nov 2011) and decided that I will make this recipe minus the pasta and add the ravioli next time. I also used fresh chopped sage in this recipe instead of the rubbed sage it calls for."

    JennyMelynntoh User ID: 5058508 102731
    Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

    "I made this after I had one can leftover pumpkin after making the Pumpkin chocolate Chip recipe on this site. After just tasting the sauce, I didn't really love it, but eating it with the pasta and Parmesan it tasted better than I thought it would."

    hbschry User ID: 3788283 118858
    Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

    "I'm a vegetarian and used Morning Star's Italian sausage-worked great"

    lolaBo User ID: 5915497 174108
    Reviewed Apr. 3, 2011

    "This is great - actually made it in April - pumpkin a bit hard to find - loved it - took it to work and gave it to very picky eaters - keep the pumkin a secret and they will even love it"

    Angela W User ID: 5898858 116931
    Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

    "I only had pork Italian sausage on hand, and completely forgot to add the cheese and it was super yummy. Next time I might a little fresh ginger when I saute the sausage."

    GJACQUELINE User ID: 5498408 104398
    Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

    "Fantastic! I substituted about a cup of frozen chopped spinach at the end, and left out the cheese. I could eat this every day. My husband likes it too--always a plus!"

    moghedien User ID: 5803896 185588
    Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

    "me and my husband love this recipie"

    ellastar99 User ID: 5722851 104397
    Reviewed Jan. 12, 2011

    "Wow, this was incredible. The sauce was creamy and decadent and the flavors were just beautiful together. It tastes like a meal from a fine dining restaurant and it's easy to make! I think the white wine adds a lot to the flavor profile so I wouldn't substitute it. Love this!"

    asabot User ID: 620927 188302
    Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

    "This recipe was pretty tasty. I love the flavor the sage adds."

    jules.i.m User ID: 1847310 104394
    Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

    "This was an excellent recipes. I added a little bit of cream and more cheese to the sauce to make it like Alfredo. I also doubled the recipes but instead of doubling the sausage I added a can of white beans."

    WendiLynne User ID: 4566754 168650
    Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

    "This was wonderful. I made it for dinner tonight and the kids say its 'yummy'! I accidentally bought beef broth instead of chicken broth, and its still good - though I can't wait to try it with the chicken broth. I also used turkey kielbasa sausage and canned mushrooms because that's what I had on hand. Wonderful. This is definitely part of our weekday dinner rotation from now on!"

    DebCatLady User ID: 2120883 174102
    Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

    "I'm Vegan, so I made a few modifications. I used Vegan sausage, veggie broth, and eliminated the cheese. Both my Omnivore husband and I loved it! This is the perfect fall dish, incorporating all of the flavors of the season."

    kathybdrg User ID: 4075366 187284
    Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

    "We tried this once & found it simply delicious! We prepared it again for some family & friends & they were suprised when we told them it was pumpkin! Yummy!!!"

    EP-PaulaG User ID: 630717 116928
    Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

    "This made an filling and quick dinner that was also tasty. I used butternut squash puree for the pumpkin and stirred in fresh basil for the dried parsley. This was served with a salad. Something I would make again."

    Aubrey5 User ID: 4632337 127831
    Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

    "This tasted fabulous! I was worried about the pumpkin, but it was amazing. For sure will make again."

    mom2eileigh User ID: 3598486 127793
    Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

    "I used leftover turkey in place of the sausage and it was still delicious! Comes together easily and the flavors are great."

    Mariebel User ID: 3872371 127792
    Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

    "I'm typically not a pasta eater, but this recipe looked so good I had to give it a try. It's the best pasta dish I've ever had! And it came together in just under 30 minutes. The pumpkin was a nice addition; it made the sauce consistent enough to stick to the pasta and paired well with the Italian sausage. Wonderful recipe!"

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