Time to jump on the pumpkin bandwagon. I’ve had a medium baking pumpkin sitting around the house for a couple of weeks and I’ve been putting off cooking with it because I have so little pumpkin-cooking experience.
I was inspired by a recipe from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, but I also had items in the fridge I needed to use up, so I winged it a little. What I came up with was a flavorful casserole that was creamy, cheesy and somewhat healthy too.
You can use canned pumpkin, but I recommend baking your own using this method, as it was super easy and fresh.
Pasta with Chard & Sausage in Pumpkin Cream Sauce
4-5 hot Italian sausages, casings removed
14.5 oz.-box farfalle noodles
10 cremini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cups chopped Swiss chard
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1.5 cups pumpkin puree
3 Tbs. chopped Italian parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil noodles till just al dente, drain and set aside. Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a large saute pan, breaking it up as it cooks. Set sausage aside and in the same pan, add the mushrooms, onions, chard, salt and pepper and toss till coated with the sausage grease. Add a small amount of olive oil if needed. Cover and let steam for five minutes. Uncover, stir in the garlic and saute another minute.
Stir in the pumpkin, chicken stock and oregano. Bring to a simmer for a few minutes. Add the evaporated milk, sausage and parsley and bring back to a simmer. If it’s too thick, add more chicken stock.
Place pasta in a large casserole dish and pour sauce over noodles. Sprinkle in half the cheese and mix thoroughly. Top with remaining cheese (and more cheese if you’d like) and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.
Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before serving.
This is a wholesome dish the whole family will love!