Celebrating National Linguine Day with Pumpkin

Studio 4

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) –Linguine is a versatile pasta and we’re using it with some pumpkin and other fall flavors.

Check out the recipe below, I used linguine instead of rigatoni but you can choose either one.

Pumpkin Pasta with Italian Sausage


  • 1 16-ounce package rigatoni
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 8-ounce bag fresh spinach
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package directions for al dente – reserving 1 1/2 cups of pasta water for sauce before draining.
  2. In a large skillet, brown Italian sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it into pieces as it cooks, about 8 minutes. Transfer cooked sausage to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add olive oil to pan and sauté shallot, garlic and crushed red pepper, stirring frequently, until softened and slightly golden, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add spinach to pan and wilt, stirring occasionally. If needed, reduce heat to low until pasta is ready.
  5. Return heat to medium-high. Add pumpkin puree, sage and salt & pepper. Slowly stir in pasta water, about 1/2 cup at a time, until sauce has reached desired consistency. Return sausage to pan and toss with pasta, adding extra pasta water if needed.

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