Monday, October 11, 2010

Whole Grain Pasta with Sage Sausage and a Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce ~ Hornswoggled!

Pumpkin Sage Pasta

Has the whole world gone MAD with pumpkin fever?!

I ran to the grocery store on Saturday afternoon, simply to "grab a few things" and...

OK... before proceeding I have to come clean...

"Grab a few things" in my world translates,  "I need a break from these children and so I'll be 'right back' with the basics we desperately need to survive!"  Milk, eggs, bread, butter...etc....

My sense of urgency and willingness to, "head to the store, for the sake of our family's well being"  leaves my husband first.

When he realizes (well after I'm gone) ...we have 3/4 gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, five sticks of butter, ten eggs and there's a suspicious odor wafting from our son.... it's clear he's been HORNSWOGGLED...left behind with two wide-eyed, attention seeking children! 

One...who wants Daddy's full participation in a puppet princess tea party... and the other... in desperate need of a CODE RED diaper change!  With College GameDay featured in the background... it's a father's perfect storm!

By the time my "little escapade" comes to's too late!  I'm already leisurely strolling down the produce aisle with the next issue of Bon Appetite... my cell phone ringer 'mysteriously' placed on silent.

I might as well be at the spa...that's how much I enjoy grocery shopping...alone!

Which brings me back to PUMPKIN.

While out the other day I noticed EVERYTHING is flavored with the popular gourd ....pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin flavored crackers?! I decided to ride the wave (once again) and make this, Whole Grain Pasta with Sage Sausage and a Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce. 

The dinner was amazing!

My sister picked up the recipe from one of her friends in her Book Club (who adapted the recipe from Rachael Ray).  I compared the recipes and loved her changes!

I made a few changes too... and let's just say this Pumpkin Sage Sausage Pasta (along with a six-pack of pumpkin flavored beer) more than made up for my sneaky escape!

Whole Grain Pasta with Sage Sausage and a Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce

Adapted from "Pumpkin Sage Pasta"...a Rachael Ray Recipe

6 sweet sausage links, cut into 1 inch pieces (I used Jimmy Dean Ground Sage Sausage, 16 ounces)
1/2 - 1 onion, diced
10+ springs sage - chopped lengthwise
3-5 garlic cloves, diced
1 c. dry white wine
1 bay leaf (if you have!)
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1/4 c chicken broth
pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg
1/4 c light cream (I used heavy as it was all we had)
3/4 lb penne pasta - with grooves (I used Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Freshly shaved or grated Parmesan cheese on top (optional)
What about toasted pine nuts on top??? (thought about it, but didn't do it - might be awesome!)

Make pasta according to package directions. Brown sausage and drain. In same pan (take a paper towel and remove some grease if too greasy) brown garlic and onion, then add the wine. Add pumpkin, chx. stock. Add sausage, sage, spices, incl. pepper. Add cream and stir and keep on low if waiting to serve.

Remove from heat if you have 1/2 hour to go b/f dinner. Before serving, add pasta and stir to coat keeping flame on low. Salt and Pepper to taste if needed. Crushed red pepper flakes if looking for more heat.

19 comments: said...

This sounds so yummy and hearty. I'd just use reduced-fat milk or evaporated skinm milk instead of the cream...Thanks for the recipe!

Nuts about food said...

I know that "need to pick up a couple of things at the supermarket" line all to well. Husband and I sometimes argue about who gets to go, now that he has caught on!

Simply Life said...

what a perfect fall pasta dish!

The Food Hound said...

OH YUM! I know what you mean about pumpkin EVERYTHING these days. And I also know what you mean about grocery shopping being relaxing! Though we don't have kids, I still enjoy the escape :) Sage does not always agree with me, so I will test this one out using less sage (or maybe even rosemary??) and see what I come up with! Too good not to try!

Unknown said...

LOL.. great post! Your poor hubby, will he ever wise up to your grocery antics? :)
The pasta looks and sounds delicious!!! Can't wait to try it!

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

I see I'm not the only one who 'needs to run to the store' :) Must be a secret Mommy trick!! As a result of my 'store runs' I have 4, yes 4 boxes of butter in the fridge :) LOL!

O.M.G. This sounds so freaking good!!! And best thing yet, I have everything for it here!! Wahoo! I even have the same Jimmy Dean Sage sausage :) Great minds must think alike. I'll be making this soon! You better stop posting so many great recipes, once I get my camera/computer issue fixed I may have to rename my blog to "Andrea makes everything that Design, Wine & Dine posts"

Clint said...

Cindy will tell you I don't do pumpkin, but after that scrumptious looking picture and recipe I am reconsidering. Looks terrific!

You are a devious wife, much like mine. Ha. Am glad I'm past the code red diaper years. Great blog---thanks!

Chef Bee said...

Whole grain pasta has come a long way. Used to be like cardboard but now I use it all the time. Great recipe. I have also done the sneak away, don't worry, the dads always survive.

Plan B

Katerina said...

Lol, I do that very often too. When I am over the roof, I just say I am going to the super market to grab something which we need urgently. I can understand you completely. Sometimes the whole situation is overwhelming. Seriously I have to grab some pumpkin real soon, this pasta is divine.

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

OMG, this dish looks UNREAL!!!! Pumpkin with pasta, HELLO MAMA!!!!!!

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a gorgeous pasta dish. I've noticed there is a lot of pumpkin around also. Must be the season.

Your husband must be a dear to stay with the kids. I would definitely keep him!

chow and chatter said...

he he I think all Mums do this love it and wow what a fab recipe

Courtney said...

Ah! I absolutely love your sense of humor - you tell great stories on the blog! :)

This dish looks fantastic. I've done sweet treats with pumpkin, but I really must use it in a savory dish!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this dish looks very appetizing. love the flavor combo too, thank you for sharing this.

Megan said...

I love pasta and this looks amazing. I tried making some sauce last night with spare ingredients we had in our kitchen but I like the sound of this much better. I will have to try it soon!

laurie said...

I love pasta, and this looks like a winner!

Karen said...

Your stories crack me up!
I love grocery shopping in the very early mornings before everyone wakes's so peaceful.
Your pasta looks amazing...pumpkin and sage are a match made in heaven. I'm very jealous since I recently had a miserably failed pumpkin ravioli dish. I'm craving pumpkin pasta!!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Holy guacamole - I fear I have caught the pumpkin fever and this recipe might be my only hope of curing it. This literally has all of my favorite things in it. Thanks for sharing!

Val said...

This looks absolutely irresistible. You more often find pumpkin paired with a rich creamy sauce but I like that this recipe isn't overpowered by the cream. I can't wait to give this a try.