Penne with Sausage and Pumpkin
Updating a family classic, this hearty penne recipe celebrates the flavors of fall!
- 1 small sugar pumpkin
- 1 tablespoon EVOO, plus more for drizzling
- Salt and pepper
- 1 pound penne or whole wheat penne
- 1 pound good-quality bulk sweet Italian sausage
- 3 large shallots, finely chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- A handful of fresh sage leaves, very thinly sliced
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- Freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 cup cream
- Freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
Split the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Rinse and dry the seeds and arrange them on a small baking sheet. Drizzle the pumpkin with a light layer of EVOO and season liberally with salt and pepper. Roast the pumpkin until very tender. Scoop the pumpkin flesh out and add to a food processor and puree until smooth.
Heat a large pot of water to boil; salt the water and cook the pasta to al dente.
Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, a turn of the pan, in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage to pan, brown and crumble it, then add the shallots and garlic and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add the sage and deglaze the pan with the wine. Stir the pumpkin into the pan and thin out the consistency with chicken stock to form a sauce, then season with salt, pepper and freshly grated nutmeg, to taste. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cream, a couple of turns of the pan.
Reserve a little starchy cooking water before draining the pasta. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce; use the reserved starchy cooking water if the mixture gets a little too tight. Top the pasta with cheese and serve.