Pumpkin Pasta with Turkey Sausage

  • Pumpkin pasta with turkey sausage makes an easy and tasty fall meal

    Happy Halloween! This entry was written on Sunday evening because as Hurricane Sandy started to get closer and closer, the outlook started to look more ominous. I couldn’t predict the future so I played it safe than to leave y’all hanging with no entry ;) dedication, folks!

    This pasta dish is very appropriate for halloween cause, well, pumpkin! This is actually one of the first times I’ve cooked with pumpkin in a savory dish. It turned out marvelous! I loved the seasonal flavors in this and overall, it was really easy to cook.

    Ok, time to admit something. I hate halloween. It’s my least favorite holiday, ever. I’ve never been enthused about halloween. I hate the idea of dressing up for one night, or spending the money to dress up for one night. I was never a huge fan either of going out in the cold and trick or treating. Every time I did that, when I was younger, I would always get sick the following day and it’d just end up to be a week-long cold.

    I remember one year, I really didn’t want to go trick or treating, but all my friends wanted to go, so I didn’t want to feel left out. I didn’t have a costume, so I just threw on an oversized shirt and sweatpants, grabbed a pillowcase, and called myself a bum. Yeah, a BUM. That right there should show you how much I really care about halloween, haha

    I do love passing out candy though because I like seeing others’ creativity. I probably don’t like halloween because I don’t like having to be creative and trying to out top someone else’s outfit. Plus, you know what they say about halloween for girls – the one night they have an excuse to look and dress slutty. Ehhhh, not so much for me. Why would I want to be scantily-clad in the freezing cold? Anyway, this is the first year that Jason and I will pass out candy to kids cause the first year we were together, we didn’t live together & our neighborhoods that we lived in didn’t have kids coming through, and then last year, we lived in an apartment complex that was anti-social, so this year we’ll get to see the neighborhood kiddos and hopefully meet the neighbors, too – if the weather has let up by now. Hopefully. :)

    Pumpkin Pasta with Turkey Sausage

    A great way to use pumpkin in a savory pasta dish!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 644
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    • 1 lb mild Italian turkey sausage
    • 3/4 pound bucatini pasta
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 4-6 leaves sprigs of fresh sage, cut into chiffonade
    • 1 cup dry white wine
    • 1 cup chicken stock
    • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream; I actually omitted this but you can add it if you'd like
    • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Parmesan cheese grated to top


    • In a pot, bring water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente then drain it and set aside.
    • In a large skillet, brown sausage until cooked through. Remove from skillet and set aside.
    • In the same skillet, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and the minced garlic & onion and cook until soft & fragrant - about 5 minutes.
    • Add in the bay leaf, sage, and wine and cook until wine reduces by half, about 2 minutes.
    • Add the chicken stock and pumpkin puree and stir to mix well. Stir in the cream then add the sausage back in.
    • Season with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and let simmer until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
    • Add in the pasta and stir to get the sauce coated on all the pasta.
    • Serve hot (remember to remove the bay leaf) with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


    Source: adapted from Rachael Ray
    Nutrition Facts
    Pumpkin Pasta with Turkey Sausage
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 644 Calories from Fat 279
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 31g48%
    Carbohydrates 73g24%
    Fiber 5g20%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 36g72%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.


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  • Blog is the New Black says:

    Looks delicious! Saving this one for sure.

  • Kathryn says:

    You should come and live over here, apart from one of my American colleagues who has brought in some chocolates, you wouldn’t know it was Halloween at all!

    Love the idea this pasta with the turkey sausage and the richness from the pumpkin. So delicious!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    Yum! Ive never tried pumpkin in a savory dish either, but now Im really curious! We may have to give it a try! Happy Halloween! :)

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    This looks fantastic! Glad you’re doing okay during Sandy. xo

  • Tracey says:

    I’m not a big fan of the dressing up part of Halloween either, but I do like handing out candy to the kids. Hope you guys have fun tonight! The pasta sounds awesome, I’ve been meaning to try a savory pumpkin dish this fall too!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    This looks wonderful!!! So glad you all made it through the storm ok. (And I’ll be happily handing out candy and NOT dressing up tonight!) :)

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    I love savory pumpkin pastas but have never tried a non-vegetarian version. Yours looks tasty! And I dressed up as a bum/hobo one year as a lazy teen with my friends, too! HAHAHA!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    We are recipe twins! Just made a lovely pumpkin and sausage pasta last night (I used Trader’s Joe’s precooked chicken sausage–so good and so convenient!).

    Have fun handing out candy to the kiddos. I live in an apartment complex in an urban area, so I’m sad to be missing out. Somehow little kids always make holidays more fun/festive. Hope the same is true for you!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    PUMPKIN FOR THE WIN!! We really are bloggy twins. I’d love a big ol’ plate of this while I procrastinate on my work today.

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Oh maaahh gosh. This looks outrageously delicious, Julie! So comforting. I want a never-ending bowl.

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says:

    This looks delish – I love pumpkin in savory dishes!

  • carrian says:

    I’m totally with you on the scantily clad ladies thing. Seriously, I looked for a mary poppins costume one year and they were all the short skirt things. GET OVER IT PEOPLE!!! You look like you just want attention. BOOO. ;) OH, and this looks delicious. Hope you are well!

  • Kristin says:

    I’ve made this recipe before (saw it somewhere) and love it. I use spiral pasta, though, so the sauce has more to stick to. Great stuff.

  • Stephanie says:

    I *LOVE* dressing up! I dress up even if it’s not Halloween. haha I’m such a kid at heart.

    I made a pumpkin pasta sauce this year too and it was so delicious! You wouldn’t think so, but it was. This looks great!

  • Stephanie says:

    Oh, I should’ve mentioned that I make my own costumes. Original ideas with everything fitting properly. I’m not popping out anywhere and everything is a decent length. Want me to send you pictures? =)

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Hahaha, all the “cool” kids in my town growing up who didn’t want to dress up but still wanted candy went as bums. Clearly this was an adolescent theme!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    I’m with you. I’ve never been a huge Halloween person myself either. But wait until you have a kid and you will love it, for totally different reasons.
    Glad you are OK over there on the soggy coast!

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    Delicious! I love how you put everything together on the plate. I totally get your point – I’m not into Halloween. Each year, I tend to dress casually or…be creative by using whatever I/ my friends have, lol. But for sure, not spending $$ on costumes alone.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

    I made something similar to this last year, so good! Pumpkin is great in just about everything.
    Yeah, I am not much for dressing up for Halloween either. The last time I did I was in college, and my roommate forced me to be “Baby Spice”. Yeah, not exactly my idea of a good time.

  • Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie says:

    I hope you and Jason have a blast passing out candy!! I love doing it with Lance – I feel like it’s a very “married couple” thing to do ;) Our neighborhood doesnt get an insane number of Trick-or-Treaters but it’s still tons of fun!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    Glad you’re all safe and sound! Love the idea of pumpkin in pasta.. I actually prefer savory pumpkin dishes! Also, for some reason I really love the composition of these photos :)

  • jeff says:

    This looks great! … I love fresh sage. BTW, thanks for bringing us in the halloween treats: The pecan bar was absolutely incredible, and I’m saving the molasses gingersnap cookie to share with Teri when I get home. Can’t wait to read those blog entries, too :)

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day says:

    This sounds so hearty but still light and healthy. I loovvveeee sage!

  • Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    Boy is it a relief to hear someone say that. I am SO not into Halloween. Haven’t gotten dressed up for it since I was a kid. I don’t feel like coming up with a costume or dressing up and it irks the hell out of me when people have costume only parties. I am, however, very into this pasta!

  • Ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    Happy Halloween, Julie! I’ve been dying to make pumpkin pasta this season – must do it!

    And I feel the same way about this “holiday”… although I don’t mind all the candy floating around.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I’m always annoyed by the teenagers and their lack of costumes. They start out nice and get ruder as the night goes on too.

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    My husband and I always joke that we are Halloween grinches :) Glad we aren’t the only ones! I made a pumpkin pasta weeks ago, and he announced he was done with “weird pumpkin recipes” for the season. I’m definitely not though…and could definitely be happy with this for myself!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Aw, I love Halloween! I love putting up decorations, candy, Hocus Pocus, lol. I’m not big on dressing up though. I refuse to do the slutty costume. I haven’t dressed up the last few years, but in previous years, my friend and I were dinosaurs, and then another was Jeff Goldblum, and then someone was the electric fence. And then the year after that, we were Jello and Pudding and my one friend was Bill Cosby…so yeah..lol

    This is such a pretty dish! I love using pumpkin in pastas!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I’m not much of a halloween fan either! I seriously spent my Halloween night at the gym! And I think it’s so cute that you and Jason are passing out candy to the kids together for the first time! Now this pasta – YUM! I could seriously eat this all year long!

  • Lynna says:

    Hopefully you two had fun passing out candy last night! This pasta dish looks great!

  • [email protected] San Francisco Kitchen says:

    Wow, your pumpkin pasta dish looks incredible!! Good stuff :)

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking says:

    This pasta looks absolutely mouthwatering! Tempting pics too! Well done!

  • angela @anotherbiteplease says:

    I love your pasta dishes!!! I can’t wait to try this one :-)

  • Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} says:

    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! Yeah, those slutty costumes really annoy me!! Maybe I’m just jealous… lol. :)

  • Amy (Savory Moments) says:

    This pasta dish just screams autumn! It looks absolutely delicious.

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking says:

    But… you can bake cute stuff! That’s the only reason I like Halloween. I don’t do the dressing up thing, though. :)

    These looks so pretty. I’m not sure about savory pumpkin dishes yet. I think I need more convincing.

    Oh, and I’m happy that the storm didn’t get you (that sounds weird but you know what I mean).

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    pumpkin and sage – a seriously uderrated combination in my opinion Julie! I am so glad you used the two together in this dish. You can go a long way with a pumpkin pasta dish and one that includes sage, cinnamon, nutmeg, and turkey sausage… oh man. Can I come over for dinner??? PS: I adore halloween but spending the money on a costume you will wear ONCE does totally blow. my flapper dress was $30 and i’m obvs never going to wear it again!!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I love anything pumpkin so this is my kind of pasta!

  • Carla's Confections says:

    I really love the idea of making a recipe like this. You dont usually think pumpkin being in savory dishes (although the rest of the world doesnt think of pumpkin being used in sweet recipes), but it really does make for a great dish. I love the addition of the turkey sausage too. yum

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    Hi Julie! Me again. :) Wanted to let you know that I made this last night with some turkey sausage I picked up from Trader Joes. Kevin isn’t a fan of pumpkin so I made it for my friend and I. We LOVED it!!

    • Julie says:

      So awesome, Sally! I feel so honored that you made one of my recipes! Turkey sausage with this pasta sounds super yum!! xo

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