Creamy Pumpkin Pasta w/ Chicken Sausage

Recipe from Cara's Cravings

This recipe was delicious!  And I loved that the creaminess comes from cottage cheese instead of some heavy cream. :)

I used a roasted garlic and herb flavored sausage, which I thought worked really well.

4 ou pasta of choice (whole wheat or whole grain)
2 t olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
About 2 t dried sage
2 links cooked chicken sausage, sliced
1/2 c low fat cottage cheese
1/2 c pumpkin puree
1/2 c low fat milk
Pinch nutmeg
5 ou baby spinach
Grated Parmesan

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain and return to pot.

In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil and then add the onions over medium-low heat.  Cook for about 10-15 minutes until soft and beginning to carmelize.

Add garlic, sage and chicken sausage.  Continue to saute until chicken is heated through.

Blend together the cottage cheese, pumpkin and milk in a blender until smooth, then add to the saute pan.  Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper and continue to cook over low heat until heated through.

Pour the pumpkin/sausage mixture over the pasta and mix well over low heat.  Add the spinach and allow it a few minutes to wilt.  Serve with grated Parmesan.


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