Monday, November 08, 2010

'Tis the Season...for Pumpkin!

Well, it's also the season for silly Halloween food...or was, recently, and so I would be remiss if I didn't mention the cool mummy hot dogs I made for our Halloween dinner. I got the recipe online:

And last night, I adapted a Rachael Ray recipe for pasta with pumpkin & sausage. I had it with sourdough & salad...she recommends pumpernickel & spinach salad. This is my adaptation:
Penne with Sausage & Pumpkin Cream Sauce
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage (I used Bob Evans)
7 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 bay leaf
2 sprigs of fresh sage, leaves removed from stem & cut into chiffonade
1 c. dry white wine
1 c. chicken stock
1 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. heavy cream
Scant 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Scant 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Salt & pepper
1 lb. penne, cooked al dente
Grated parmesan
Brown the sausage in a tbsp. of oil, breaking it up. Drain. Add 1 tbsp. oil and saute the onion & garlic until tender. Add bay leaf, sage and wine. Cook until reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add chicken stock & pumpkin. Cook and stir until bubbly. Add sausage. Reduce heat and add cream. Season with spices, salt & pepper. Simmer 5-10 minutes to thicken. Remove bay leaf and toss sauce with pasta, cooking over low heat for a couple minutes to heat through. Garnish with cheese. Serves 4 and is very yummy!

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