Pumpkin Penne with Sage & Onion Sausage

Makes 4 Servings
This pasta recipe embraces the flavors of fall thanks to the addition of canned pumpkin puree and sage. We love using a 10 inch cast iron skillet for its stovetop-to-oven-to-tabletop functionality making preparation easy and presentation appealing.
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  • 8 ounces (250g) dried penne
  • 1 pound (454g) sage & onion sausage, removed from its casings*
  • 2 tablespoon (30ml) olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup (180ml) chicken broth
  • ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream
  • 4-6 sprigs fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5) ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5) crushes red pepper flakes
  • 1 - 14.5 ounces (398ml) canned fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups (450g) pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup (90g) Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups (224g) Fontina cheese, grated
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garnish: 3 fresh sage leaves


Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.

In a 10 inch cast iron skillet, add 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive and heat to medium/high.  Add the sausage meat and cook until browned.  Remove sausage and any excess fat from the skillet. Set aside.

Add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of olive oil to the pan.  Add the onion and sauté until soft then add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.   Add the chicken broth to deglaze the pan.  Stir in the heavy cream and then add the tomatoes, pumpkin puree, sage leaves, nutmeg and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add 1/2 cup (45g) Parmesan and 1 cup (112g) Fontina cheese.  Stir until fully melted.  Add in the sausage, followed by the pasta.  Combine until fully blended.  Scatter 1 cup (112g) of Fontina Cheese evenly over the top, then cover with 1/2 cup (45g) of Parmesan.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes until the top is golden.

Remove from the oven and garnish top with fresh sage leaves.

*Chef’s Note:  If sage & onion sausages are not available substitute with mild or hot Italian.


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