This One Pot Pumpkin Pasta only dirties one dish and is full of healthy, delicious ingredients like whole wheat pasta, spinach, and apple chicken sausage!
It’s been almost TWO weeks since I last posted a pumpkin recipe 😱 so I think it’s just about time for another one. 🙂
All sweet things.
Today, however, I’m switchin’ it up and posting about a s.a.v.o.ry. pumpkin dish.
Yep. That’s right. There’s pumpkin in this pasta and it’s made in one pot, so there’s only one dirty dish!
Did you catch that?
This One Pot Pumpkin Pasta is going to be your new favorite fall dish.
Did you see how easy that was (hint: if you missed it, check out our latest video 👆)?!
This one pot pumpkin pasta is the easiest fall dish you’ll ever make and only requires 3 steps.
Step #1: Saute some onion and chicken sausage together in a large stockpot until the onion is niiiice and tender and the sausage smells ah-mazing. You’ll want to stop and eat right there, but trust me, keep going.
Step #2: Dump in a bunch of stuff. <– Specific, right? “Dump in a bunch of stuff” includes pouring wine ♡, broth, milk, pumpkin ♡♡, whole wheat penne, garlic, and spices into the stockpot with the onion and the sausage. Oh, a quick note on the spices, today, I used salt, black pepper, cayenne, and …
wait for it …
cinnamon. I know. It sounds crazy, but it makes this one pot pumpkin pasta really cozy. And I mean, you can’t have pumpkin without cinnamon, right? 🙂 I promise, it’s really subtle.
This all cooks together until the penne is perfectly al dente and then…
Step #3: Stir in spinach, white cheddar cheese, and parmesan.
That’s it! How’s that for an easy fall dinner?
After I made this one pot pasta for the first time, I had Trevor taste test. He really liked it, but then had the most brilliant idea to top the pasta with some pecans for some crunch.
You guys. I seriously married a genius. 🙌
While this one pot pumpkin pasta is great without the pecans, the pecans really do give this dish a super nice texture.
Tender noodles, crunchy pecans, cozy spices, hearty sausage.
Mmm-MMM. This. Is. Tasty.
This dish is also pretty darn healthy, too! Yeah, there’s a liiiiittle bit of cheese, but other than that you get a nice dose of lean protein from the apple sausage, whole grains from the whole wheat penne, and you even get some greens in with the spinach!
Healthy, delicious, and cozy?
One Pot Pumpkin Pasta
Equipment for this recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 (12 oz) package chicken apple sausage sliced
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 3/4 cup skim milk
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
- 1 (12 oz) box whole wheat penne
- 4 cloves garlic minced or pressed
- 1 teaspoon salt + more to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
- 4 oz Spinach chopped or left whole
- 4 oz shredded white cheddar cheese about 1 cup that’s been loosely packed
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
- chopped pecans - use as a garnish
- Heat a large stock pot over medium heat. Once hot add in olive oil and coat the pan.
- Add in the onion and sliced sausage.
- Saute for 5 minutes.
- Whisk in white wine, broth, milk, and pumpkin.
- Stir in penne, garlic, and spices.
- Stir to combine.
- Raise heat to high and bring to a simmer.
- Adjust heat, if necessary, and keep at a simmer for about 6-8 minutes or until the liquid has mostly absorbed and the noodles are al dente. Make sure to stir frequently.
- Once the noodles are al dente, remove from heat.
- Stir in parmesan, spinach, and white cheddar.
- Stir until the cheese has fully melted.
- Taste and season with salt, if necessary.
- Serve immediately with a garnish of chopped pecans.
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.