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Pumpkin Sausage Pasta

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This pumpkin sausage pasta is the easy Fall pasta dish you need to make! Spiral pasta mixed together with sausage and cubes of pumpkin make this a delightfully easy and flavorful meal that requires very little effort!

overhead shot of finished pasta with pumpkin and sausage in a staub cast iron pot with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes sprinkled on top

Pumpkin in October is nearly a given, right? We see pumpkins start to show up everywhere mid-September and it completely explodes in October! However, how often do you see actual pumpkin being used in savory recipes? It’s definitely more frequent now thanks to food blogs, but sweet pumpkin treats still outrank the savory.

I remember it was my mission for several years to only showcase pumpkin in savory dishes because I wanted to show how versatile it was and it was a great, hearty choice to add into weeknight meals. It’s basically like the zucchini of Fall.

This recipe is one of my favorites this season because instead of using pumpkin puree to make a creamy sauce, I actually use cubed pumpkin in the pasta to give it bulk and texture. It’s not super sweet and it pairs so well with the kale and sausage. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals, and gives the dish its characteristic sweetness and earthy flavor. The other ingredients help to round out the flavors and make this a well-rounded, hearty meal.

overhead shot of finished pasta with pumpkin and sausage in a staub cast iron pot with a spoon in the pot that has just plated a grey ceramic dish with some pasta.

Recipe Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make pumpkin sausage pasta. Make sure to check out the recipe card at the bottom of the article to find the exact ingredient quantities.

  • Fusilli, rotini, or cavatappi, as pictured. It provides a sturdy base for the dish
  • Sweet Italian sausage – adds flavor and protein. You’ll want the fresh sausage that in casing and you have to squeeze it out of its casing. I also have made this with spicy Italian sausage and also made a vegan version with Impossible ground sausage!
  • Fresh pumpkin – if you don’t have pumpkin, you can substitute sweet potato, butternut squash, or even carrot. These will all give the dish a different flavor, but will still be delicious.
  • Kale – dinosaur (lacinato) kale or baby spinach. It adds color but most importantly, nutrients!
  • Parsley – provides fresh flavor.
  • Parmesan cheese – adds a salty, umami flavor.
up close shot of pasta with pumpkin and sausage in the pot with a spoon

How to make pumpkin sausage pasta

For exact steps, the recipe card below details everything out.

L to R: browning sausage in a skillet, using the pan drippings of the sausage to cook cubed pumpkin, adding the pumpkin and sausage back into the skillet with the kale leaves
  • Cook pasta
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, using a wooden spoon to break it up into crumbles. Afterwards, you’ll remove the sausage and add in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Return to skillet. You’ll want to return the sausage to the skillet after everything else is cooked.
  • Remove from heat and serve with more parmesan cheese and parsley.

Variations or add-ins that can change up the flavor profile:

  • For a spicier dish, add red pepper flakes or use hot Italian sausage.
  • For a sweeter dish, add maple syrup or brown sugar.
  • For an even more Autumnal dish, add cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.
pasta with pumpkin and sausage plated on a grey ceramic plate with a black fork

Serving and leftovers

This dish can be served as is, or with a side of bread or salad. It would also be good topped with crumbled bacon or crispy fried sage leaves.

This pasta can be stored in a container in the refrigerator for up to five days. To reheat, pop in the microwave for 45 seconds or more, depending on how hot you like your meals.

pasta with pumpkin and sausage plated on a grey ceramic plate with a fork that has some pasta and pumpkin on it

More savory pumpkin recipes to try

Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi

Pumpkin Lasagna with Sausage and Kale

Cheesy Pumpkin and Sausage Stuffed Shells

Pumpkin Sausage Pasta

This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for an easy and delicious way to make a cozy Autumnal dish. This recipe only requires a few simple ingredients and can be made in less than an hour!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces fusilli, rotini, or cavatappi pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups fresh pumpkin, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 cups baby spinach or lacinato kale, packed
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more for taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan, plus more for topping

The default measuring system for this website is US Customary. Unit conversions are provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. While we strive to provide accurate unit conversions, please be aware that there may be some discrepancies.

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions in salted water.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, using a wooden spoon to break it up into crumbles.
  • Remove the sausage from the pan with a slotted spoon. Add in the oil, pumpkin, salt and pepper and cook for 12-14 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pumpkin is fork tender.
  • Add the sausage back to the pan with spinach and parsley and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the cooked pasta, butter and parmesan until well combined.
  • Remove from heat and serve with more parmesan cheese and parsley.

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 794 kcal | Carbohydrates: 50 g | Protein: 27 g | Fat: 54 g | Saturated Fat: 20 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24 g | Trans Fat: 0.3 g | Cholesterol: 114 mg | Sodium: 1605 mg | Potassium: 825 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 4 g

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall pasta recipe, pumpkin pasta sauce, pumpkin recipe
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