Ultimately creamy and packed with sausage and a mild pumpkin flavor, this pumpkin sausage alfredo penne is going to become your favorite fall comfort food!
I feel as though today is just a Pumpkin Sausage Alfredo Penne pasta kinda day.
From here on out I might just proclaim EVERY day as so.
So today is obviously the first Thursday in November so that means that it’s time for another round of 30-Minute Thursdays brought to you by myself and a bunch of my best blogging gals!
And really what 30-minute dinner shouldn’t be cozy, comforting, and loaded with pasta?
Clearly, comfort food = my downfall. My very large and completely glorious downfall that I totally embrace.
Please picture this for a minute if you will: Penne pasta smothered in DREAMY pumpkin alfredo sauce and accompanied by enough sausage to build a house.
Comfort food taken to new and slightly-hazardous heights. Help.
WAIT. Don’t go! Let me explain what’s all up in the carbs 101 today.
It goes something like this. —>
Pumpkin meets alfredo sauce.
Pumpkin alfredo sauce meets penne pasta with CHEESE.
All of the above meets itty-bitty sausage slices.
Everything gets thrown in one pan and then takes a one-way trip to my belly.
The end. And they lived happily e’r after.
PLEASE do not go all judgy-judgy on me over the addition of pumpkin in the alfredo sauce! Trust me on this one, guys: Pumpkin in savory form is the literal BOMB. It’s not overpowering in the least bit in this pasta.—It only lends a mild fall-ish flavor and boosts out an UNREAL creamy texture that I really could not possibly love any more. ♥
Gold star going your way if you use homemade pumpkin puree! It absolutely makes a difference. 😉
It’s literally pumpkin heaven. Seriously, it’s MADNESS how amazing this pasta is.
My family has formed a recent serious obsession with this pasta, just to give guys an idea of how amazing. Rachel topped everyone the other night in the multiple-helpings department and polished off three platefuls.
Yeah, that same uber-picky 5-year old sister I speak of frequently. I KNOW!
My point? If a 5-year old adores this pasta, the chances are likely you’re going to become addicted by the awesomeness.
Really. So much cozy carb goodness to LOVE.
The time for all reason has passed. We should just dive in and get on with it. 😉
Pumpkin Sausage Alfredo Penne
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb penne pasta cooked according to package instructions
- 4 chicken or turkey sausage links sliced 1/4-in thick
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk milk, cream, and pumpkin into mixture until smooth and lump-free. Bring sauce to a low simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and whisk in nutmeg, sage, Parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Add cooked pasta and sausage to sauce and gently stir until completely coated. Sprinkle with minced parsley and enjoy warm!
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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
You had me at pumpkin alfredo, Sarah! This pasta looks amazing! I’m kinda craving this for breakfast right now. Alfredo is my favorite type of sauce, so I’m loving that you gave it a fall twist with pumpkin. Sounds delicious!
Thanks Gayle! Alfredo sauce is totally my favorite sauce too! It’s like 10x more amazing with pumpkin in it! 😉
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
This looks so creamy and dreamy, Sarah! And I’m a total pumpkin savory person. Actually I prefer it savory over sweet (I know, I’m a weirdo!). So I know I’m going to love this sauce!
You are totally a pro at savory pumpkin, Liz! I seriously want some of your awesome inspiration. 😀
OMG. This looks impossibly cozy and 100 percent perfect. Pasta and sausage is one of my #1 comfort foods and this looks like a perfect fall version.
Thanks so much! This pasta definitely sounds right up your alley for sure. 😉
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
Bring on the carbs and this whole pan of gorgeous pasta! I would find every excuse to put that creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce on everything! I can totally see why Rachel had three platefuls, it looks perfect!
YES. I’m so putting that sauce on everything just because it’s that amazing! LOL.
Jen | Baked by an Introvert says
This pasta is dreamy, Sarah! Penne alfredo is a frequent visitor at our dinner table. Adding pumpkin and sausage just made it even more appetizing. Love this!
Thank you Jen! You should definitely add this one to the dinner rotation!
Melanie @ Gather for Bread says
THat looks so good! Wonderful flavors.
Thanks Melanie! Happy Friday, friend!
Yes to pumpkin-alfredo-pasta-sausage and cheese! Total fall comfort food and the best part is that it’s made in 30 minutes! This looks delicious, Sarah! 🙂
Thanks so much Marcie! It’s a pretty winner combo!
Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says
Cheesy, creamy delicious carbs….. I can’t get enough! And in 30 minutes?! You are speaking right to this haggard mama’s heart. Lol.
LOL. Those are the kinda carbs we love the most, right?? 😀
Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. says
I have actually never made pasta with pumpkin in the sauce before – and that needs to change ASAP! This looks fantastic, love all that sausage in it!
You totally need to give this alfredo a try, Stacey! You will love it, I guarantee. 😉
This looks insanely delicious, Sarah!! I love creamy pasta sauces that are made with ingredients like pumpkin! I still have yet to make a pumpkin pasta but you are making want to make one right away!
Thanks so much, Iz! Girl, you HAVE to give this alfredo a try! It’s right up your alley. 😉
Rachel @ Bakerita says
This is some serious dreaminess, Sarah!! I love the sound of a pumpkin alfredo.
Definitely dreaminess. LOL! Thanks so much Rachel!
Kelley @ Chef Savvy says
This looks like an amazing 30 minute weeknight meal! Perfect for Fall!
It totally is! Thanks Kelley! xoxo
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen says
Yum! This is my kind of comfort food! I’m dying to try that pumpkin alfredo sauce! And it’s always good to know when recipes are kid-tested and approved. 🙂
Haha right?? Kids are my harshest critics! 😉
Denise @ Sweet Peas & Saffron says
I can only imagine how creamy that sauce is, Sarah! I need to work on my picky two year old, he won’t even eat pasta, can you believe it? This looks so amazing!
Haha! I remember several of my siblings going through those super-picky stages! Totally insane. LOL. 😉 Thanks Denise!
Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
I’ve had pumpkin in a creamy pasta dish before and it was ah-maaaazing. No judgment from me! It’s like you secretly tapped into my tastebuds when you created this one, Sarah. I am craving this!
YES. Isn’t pumpkin just the best with pasta? You absolutely must try this one, Alyssa!
I made this yesterday to take to mom and some friends at the nursing home. I didn’t take it, because it tasted like pie mixed with dinner. Shame on me! I came home and tasted after the pasta had some time to meld and combine flavors. HOW AWESOME!!
I will be making this again next week to take to mom and friends, this is addicting!
Thank you for this lovely recipe!