You'll love eating this rigatoni with spicy pumpkin and sausage sauce all year long!
- Olive oil or other cooking oil of choice
- 1.5 pounds hot Italian sausage, cut into chunks
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped finely
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped (I used store bought crushed for quickness, but you can also use powder)
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 6 sage leaves, chopped plus more for garnish
- 1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth - a kind you'd like to drink ( I used chardonnay)
- 1 pound rigatoni or other pasta of choice
- 1 cup chicken broth or stock, boxed preferable
- 1 cup Libby's Canned Pumpkin
- 1 pinch cinnamon (about 1/8 teaspoon)
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup cream or half and half
- salt and pepper
- Parmigiano or other cheese for topping
- Heat a large and deep skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes.
- In the meantime, put a large pot of water on to boil for pasta.
- Add in about a tablespoon of olive or other cooking oil and swirl to coat pan.
- Add in Italian sausage and cook until browned and cooked through.
- Remove sausage from pan onto paper towel lined dish to drain.
- If you have more than a tablespoon or 2 of grease left in the skillet, drain the excess.
- Turn heat to medium and add in the chopped onion and cook for about 1 minute and then stir in the garlic and red pepper.
- Cook until onion is softened, about 3 -4 more minutes.
- Add in 6 chopped sage leaves and white wine and cook for about 2 minutes until white wine has reduced by about half.
- In the meantime, start boiling pasta.
- After wine has reduced, add in the broth, pumpkin and spices. Heat until it starts lightly bubbling.
- Stir in the cream and simmer for 7 - 10 minutes, until sauce has thickened.
- Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper and add in cooked and drained pasta, tossing to coat.
- Serve immediately, with cheese, chopped sage and extra pepper flakes for garnish.
- Store leftover in air-tight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Experiment with different pastas, sausage flavors and spices to change things up!