Pumpkin Sauce For Pasta - Who Knew?

Pumpkin Sauce For Pasta Fall Recipe
I have been finding all kinds of fall recipes that use pumpkin in them, mostly desserts that sound delicious. I came across this recipe for pumpkin sauce to use for pasta dishes, and I just may have to try it. Must admit though, I have never thought about using pumpkin filling in pasta - maybe that's just me though??

Anyway, I thought the recipe sounded very Fall-like, so I may just have to give it a try (though something tells me this one might not go over big with the kids. Maybe a dinner for two with the hubby??)

3 Easy Apple Dessert Recipes For Fall

Pasta With Pumpkin Sauce


1 pound pasta of your choice
1 1/2 cup(s) broccoli florets
8 ounce(s) turkey breakfast sausage, casings removed (**I will be using veggie sausage instead**)
1 teaspoon(s) pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cup(s) non-fat half and half
1 cup(s) canned pure pumpkin
2 tablespoon(s) brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
1 teaspoon(s) olive oil


Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the broccoli to the pot during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and broccoli and return it to the pot.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Drain off any fat.

Sprinkle the spice over the sausage and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Stir in the half and half, canned pure pumpkin, sugar and salt and bring to a simmer. Let mixture simmer for 1 minute.

Add the pumpkin mixture to the pasta and broccoli and toss to combine.

I am so interested to try this because I just can't decide if it sounds good or not. Hopefully it will be delicious - either way I will report back after our taste-test!!

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Autumn Love: Baked Apple-Cranberry Dessert

Nothing says Autumn has finally arrived like baked apples bubbling in a casserole dessert in the oven. Add in some juicy good-for-you cranberries, and this recipe should be a perfect contender for one of the yummiest fall desserts ever.

The recipe for this  baked apple-cranberry  dessert had my mouth watering before I had even finished reading the directions.

I decided that the kids and I would try making this as soon as we got back from our library trip this afternoon - and I can't wait.

Seriously, I am sitting here imagining the awesome aromas that will fill my house as the apples and cranberries start to bake....oh my!

Plus, this looks like a pretty easy-peasy recipe - the kind I heart!

Baked Apple-Cranberry Dessert


1. 5 medium-sized Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch slices
2. 1 cup fresh whole cranberries
3. juice from 1/2 a lemon
4. 1/3 cup sugar
5. 1/2 cup flour 


6. 1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
7. 3/4 cup brown sugar
8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
9. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
10. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
11. 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into cubes 


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a large bowl toss together apple slices, cranberries, lemon juice and sugar. Pour into a greased 8x8 inch baking dish.

3. Make topping. Mix flour, oats, sugar, salt and spices in a large bowl. Blend in butter, using a pastry cutter or your fingers, until the mixture resembles small peas. Sprinkle over apples.

4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until apples are bubbling and topping is brown and crisp. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe comes from Shine - and they have lots more Autumn dessert ideas to check out as well!!