Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Pasta with Pumpkin, Sausage and Spinach

9 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 40 Comments

Believe me, I never thought I would put those three things together either. Pumpkin? Sausage? Spinach? But Oh.My.Word! So yummy!

I saw Rachel Ray make something similar a while back and I think she used fresh sage and nutmeg. So those are the flavors I stuck with. Of course starting with a base of onion and garlic.

The result was surprisingly delicious! The sausage helped flavor the pumpkin sauce and using fusilli (curly pasta) helps the pumpkin stick to the noodle guaranteeing The Husband and Little Guy would be eating it. :)

Pasta with Pumpkin, Sausage and Spinach

Speaking of, I did NOT tell them what I was making. I just told them we were having sausage and pasta. At one point the husband came over to give it a stir and I cringed thinking he was going to ask me what it was. Instead he simply said it looked and smelled good. I was shocked.

We sat down to eat and the only complaint they had was the spinach. Both kind of moved it out of the way to get to the pasta and sausage. but hey… They ATE it without argument. Win in my book.

I did tell them it was pumpkin afterwards and their reactions were priceless. The Little Guy was ecstatic, thinking it was cool. The Husband? Well he said he would never eat it again. Jokingly, of course. :)

Oh! I got creative with sausage tonight in honor of the Johnsonville Pastaville Italian Sausage Recipe Contest. Keep you eyes peeled later this week for a special giveaway in honor of the contest!Pasta with Pumpkin, Sausage and Spinach - main

  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic diced
  • 1 package of mild Italian sausage (preferably turkey and preferably frozen)
  • 1 15oz can of chicken broth
  • 1 15oz can of pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup of non fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 oz whole wheat fusilli pasta
  • About 1/3 of a bag of fresh baby spinach leaves

I recommend keeping the sausage frozen as it’s easier to cut. Simply pull the package of the freezer, pop in the microwave for a minute and then cut in slices.

Put up a pot of water and cook the pasta according to the package.

While waiting for the the water to boil, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray it with non-stick spray and brown the sausage with the onion and garlic.

Once brown add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.

Lower to medium and add the pumpkin, yogurt, sage, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir to combine everything. Keep on medium until the sauce begins to boil again then lower to a simmer.

By this time the pasta should be done. Drain and add to the skillet with the pumpkin and sausage. Stir to coat and combine everything. Add the spinach and stir in until it wilts.

Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan!

I’m getting 5 servings out of skillet, each just under 2 cups. The nutritional information is based on turkey sausage which is much leaner then traditional.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
5 About 2 cups
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
370 10g 7g old: 7 new: 9
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
4g 4g 46g 25g

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    Alysa Bajenaru, RD, CPT

    October 26, 2010

    Will definitely be trying this one out soon!

    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy

    October 26, 2010

    Mind if I feature this on my Saturday Stumbles post? It looks awesome and I LOVE how you faked out the family! I'm so making this! Thanks!


    October 27, 2010

    Please do! It's why I blog. :)

    Sarah @ Mum In Bloom

    October 27, 2010

    This looks crazy delicious! Wow, wow! You might enjoy Pumpkin Chili as well - here's the link to the recipe I made from the Whole Foods website

    Kelly Boettcher

    October 27, 2010

    I am totally making this tonight! Thanks!


    October 27, 2010

    How do you create these cool combinations? I think all of these look delicious. Good call on the fusilli to catch all the good stuff.

    Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story

    October 27, 2010

    I think I will be making a vegetarian version of this tonight for dinner. Maybe using eggplant in place of the sausage! :)


    October 27, 2010

    This is one I will definitely be trying! I am doing a butternut squash pasta this week but this one sounds even better!


    October 27, 2010

    You sure are an inventive clever cook, and I really enjoy your blog. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity.

    Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life

    October 27, 2010

    I've never used just pumpkin but I ALWAYS add pumpkin to my homemade sauce (instead of tomato paste)! It thickens, doesn't change the color and it adds a certain flavor to the sauce. it's a great way to add vitamins while fooling the hubby and my 4 yr. old...we had turkey sausage and raviolis last night with added pumpkin to the sauce : ) deeelish and such an awesome trick!! i'm going to have to try this, maybe i'll get lucky and hear no complaints lol!


    October 30, 2010

    I just made this, it was delicious. I had to vary it a bit based on what i had, but it still came out great! I used vegetable rotini instead of fusili, ommitted the nutmeg, and used veg. broth instead of chicken. I'm looking foward to the leftovers tommorrow :)


    October 31, 2010

    Question please! How much sausage is in the one package? I buy a spinach & feta turkey sausage from costco but naturally, there's about 12 sausages in the package so I'm thinking maybe 2 - 3 sausages would cover it. Thanks Roni! This looks fantastic.


    October 31, 2010

    Oh sorry! Should have been more specific. The package I use (and most I buy for some reason) are right around 20 oz. Usually 5-6 links. Hope that helps!


    October 31, 2010

    That's perfect! Thanks Roni!


    October 31, 2010

    I made this tonight and it was really really good. My husband is not a big fan of pumpkin and I can't get enough so I was worried that he wouldn't like it. I tried to hood wink him but he caught me in the middle of scooping pumpkin out of the container... Still though, he liked it and even went back for seconds :) I didn't have any sage so I omitted but I'd like to get some and try it again with the sage.


    November 2, 2010

    Tried this last night but I had to modify it slightly since I didn't have all of the ingredients (used beef broth instead of chicken and thyme instead of sage). Would have been better your way for sure, but it was still pretty good and my husband even found some good things to say about it! Definitely a winner! Thanks! :-)


    November 3, 2010

    I made this last night, it was a wonderful fall dish! When I calculated it was 10 points per serving but I am sure that is because of things like different brands of pasta and turkey sausage.


    November 3, 2010

    Oh yea.. sausage brand is a huge variable! Glad you liked it! :)


    November 4, 2010

    Who woulda thought this combination would be so excellent!! I made it with a 16 oz box of pasta and it was still spicey and flavored enough.


    November 5, 2010

    I've never made anything (longtime lurker) but I made this last weekend and it made enough for an entire weeks worth of dinners. I didn't have sage so I omitted that, I bumped up the spinach, omitted the yogurt and used vegan italian sausage and it was DELICIOUS! So warm and hearty-thanks Roni!


    November 6, 2010

    Made this last night and as I was making it, my fiance walked in the kitched, spotted the pumpkin and said, with full on attitude, "we're having pumpkin in our dinner?!?!" I had to giggle thinking of your family :) I told him to just keep an open mind (and reminded him that if he didn't like it, he knows where Subway is)...wouldn't you know...he had 2 helpings!!! Thanks for posting this!! Can't wait to make it again!

    Sarah @ Mum In Bloom

    November 10, 2010

    Roni this was perfect and we'll be serving it again and again. Everyone had 2 bowls of this delicious supper. See my post & pics here Thank you!!

    Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf

    November 11, 2010

    This look so good! I think I'm going to make it this weekend! :)


    November 13, 2010

    This sounds wonderful! I just found your blog froma Weight Watchers Message Board. I'm looking forward to trying lots of new recipes!


    November 14, 2010

    Tried this today and it was amazing. I added some extra spinach and used veggie sausage. The flavors are wonderful - absolutely perfect this time of year. Thanks for the unique and delicious recipe!


    December 12, 2010

    do you think if i make this with ground chicken breast or would it change the flavor of it? because the hubby doesnt like sausage


    December 12, 2010

    Amy - You can use any meat you like but without sausage you'll probably have to bump op the seasoning. Maybe a bit more sage and garlic. The sausage does help flavor the pumpkin. If you give it a try let us know!


    December 12, 2010

    thanks i will def try it and let you know how it comes out


    December 13, 2010

    I was so excited to try this meal that I cooked twice in a day (very rare!). I usually only cook once and eat the leftovers. Anywho, this was SO yummy! My hubby said, "Pumpkin? Wow, it's good!" Of course, silly man! I also added some pumpkin to my tomato sauce (following a comment on your blog) and it made it 10X better. Awesome recipe :]


    January 6, 2011

    I was poking around the kitchen last night trying to think of a way of combining what I had to make something a bit different and I noticed that I had a can of pumpkin - I remembered reading this recipe a while ago and so I thought - "why not"? Such compliments I got - the meal was delicious! I used Wegman's "chicken sausages with spinach and feta cheese" as well as some onions and mushrooms. I didn't have any yogurt, but I found just adding a little bit of white wine made the sauce tasty too! You have great ideas which can be used by real people whipping together meals on regular weeknights! Thanks for the blog - I hope you can publish your cookbook!


    January 6, 2011

    Thanks! That's my goal. The book is on the way.. I'm self publishing! :)


    February 5, 2011

    This sounds like a really interesting combination! I'm vegan so will try a version with meatless sausage and soy yogurt. Thanks for sharing!


    July 15, 2011

    This sounds awesome! I had pumpkin ravioli with the family while vacationing in Seattle (a fresh and natural "Foodie" heaven!) and we loved it! So I cannot wait to try this! I just found your website this week and have made a ton of your recipes which my picky eaters have loved! Tip for dog owners- Mark Moroni's show gave a tip about adding pumpkin to wet dog food. Stretches your dollar and increases fiber for your dog. Mine love it!

    Tracy B

    September 30, 2011

    I just want to say that it is so great to have the old WW points listed in your recipes since that is the plan that has always worked for me. Thanks so much for this very great site!

    Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)

    September 30, 2011

    This looks great! I might make it this weekend :)


    September 30, 2011

    Your welcome. I will always list old points. I will forever be a fan. :)


    October 29, 2011

    How do you think it would turn out using kielbasa?


    October 31, 2011

    kielbasa - I'm not a big kielbasa fan but if you like it I'm sure it would be fine.


    October 12, 2012

    This was inspired! I made this last night & it was great! One note: the sauce was a little runny, so next time I will either cook down longer (i was in a hurry, what else is new) or maybe use less broth--? Anyway, it was still great!

    Nancy Clisham

    October 11, 2014

    I am new to your website and can't wait to try some of your recipes. Need to make some of the delicious soups. Thanks so much