An easy, delicious pasta casserole dinner done in 30 minutes with all your favorite autumn flavors!
Yup. I did it. I went and added pumpkin to pasta. And guess what?
It was DELICIOUS! Pumpkin sausage spinach pasta bake. You're going to love it.
The rain has fully returned to Seattle. I got straight up stuck in a down pour on Monday, which is SO rare. Usually this area is the ultimate champion of "the mist effect" where is just seems to ever so lightly drizzle sideways. So when I wake up and see gray skies and wet ground, I tend to think no rain coat necessary. Definitely no umbrella. No umbrella ever actually, it's one of the ways to tell a local from a tourist. If there is an umbrella, you're probs not from around here, or you're brand new. Weird right?
Anyhoo, went about my usual gray day, misty business and then as I happened to be outside, far from any overhang, the storm clouds opened up wide and drenched me.
SO rude! But at the same time, I couldn't help but smile (once I got inside of course) because that means summer really is all done. Time to move on to pumpkin season and I'm ridiculously happy about it.
Speaking of pumpkin...right off the bat, let's delve into that sauce. The secret ingredient? Creamy ricotta cheese. Just dump it in the pot with the pumpkin puree and stir together with all the other fixings. Plus, a dash of cinnamon and the tiniest pinch of nutmeg for a little fall flavor.
To keep this pumpkin sausage spinach pasta bake from getting too sweet (you know how that happens with pumpkin flavored things), I use chicken broth, fresh sage, onion, garlic, spinach and italian sausage to keep it savory. Speaking of which, I generally use spicy Italian sausage but I went for mild this time to keep the focus on the pumpkin. However, if you want to add a little heat to your pasta bake, definitely substitute with the spicy alternative!
Well what are you waiting for?? Get into the season with a pumpkin sausage spinach pasta bake before the stores start selling Christmas decorations! (Seriously though, can't they wait until at least after Halloween to start that business?).Print