Monday, September 21, 2009

Pumpkin Pasta with Light Sage Cream Sauce

One of my favorite features of a blog is how it's a working document. You can always change the writing and photography style of the blog, the theme of the blog, even the look of the blog. My favorite feature of blogs is how easy it is to make them seasonal. If you haven't noticed over the past two years, I tend to cook seasonally. I have a few reasons for this. Primarily it's because the produce that is in season tends to be cheapest, and I feel like I can offset buying a $5 log of organic goat cheese buy buying zucchini for .69/lb. in August.

However, I have to say as much as I love zucchini, I'm ready for that season to end. Now that fall is upon us, I am so excited to buy pounds and pounds of butternut and acorn squash, apples and pumpkins. When I began making tonight's dinner, I was torn on whether to make pumpkin ravioli or pumpkin pasta. I love making ravioli, but since I still haven't been able to find ravioli forms in the store, I have been putting it off. Since I have a fantasy football team this year and we have the red zone channel, long, leisurely afternoons in the kitchen are no longer an option, so pumpkin pasta it was!

I think pumpkin pasta tastes best in a light cream sauce, so I used my favorite mock-cream base, pureed cottage cheese! I found this method in the Moosewood Cookbooks months ago, and have used it many times since. I added a drop of skim milk and some pasta water, and it created a really light, but really creamy sauce. I also found organic apricot and rosemary chicken sausage at Whole Foods, which seemed like a perfect pairing, however any sausage would work well. Finally, I served my new favorite way to make Brussels sprouts - Brown Sugar Mustard Roasted Brussels Sprouts alongside the pasta. I ate mine separate, but JJ mixed his right in and loved it. This meal hit many of my favorite fall flavors, was hearty and filling, but also healthy!

Pumpkin Pasta with Low fat Sage Cream Sauce

1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
1 egg white
1 - 1 1/2 cups organic unbleached all purpose flour
Semolina flour, for dusting and rolling pasta
1 cup 1% cottage cheese
Splash of milk
Splash of pasta water
1 tsp. rubbed sage (dried) or 1/2 tsp. minced fresh
Salt and pepper
4 links of apricot and rosemary chicken sausage, or any other variety
Crumbled goat cheese

Add 1 cup of flour to a mixing bowl.
Make a well in the center, add pumpkin and egg white.
Whisk with a fork and bring flour into the mixture.
Add more flour as necessary to create a stiff pasta dough.
Knead for 5 minutes, roll into a ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour.

Add sausage to a skillet, cover with 1" of water and a drizzle of oil, bring to a boil and cook water off.
When water evaporates, brown in the skillet.
Turn heat off and set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, heavily salt.
Roll pasta through a roller and cut.
Drop in boiling water, cook for 3-4 minutes, reserve 1/2 c. of the water, drain the pasta.
Puree cottage cheese, milk, sage, salt and pepper in a blender.
Add pasta back to pot, add cottage cheese mixture, toss and add pasta water if pasta is too dry.
Slice sausage and add to the pasta, toss.
Plate and serve with crumbled goat cheese.


Joelen said...

Looks delicious and a great way to infuse pumpkin flavor in pasta!

Joanne said...

You make me yearn for a pasta roller! I am dying for pumpkin season to start as well. I love this dish!

Tasha said...

Looks delicious. Cottage cheese is one of my husband's favorite things in this world, so I keep mening to try it for the base of a sauce!

Chris said...

Yum! One of my favorite dishes of all time is pumpkin ravioli with sage cream sauce. FWIW - I think Alton Brown has a method for making ravioli that doesn't require any forms (and whatever you do - don't do the wonton skin as ravioli wrapper - yuck!).

I'm off to check out those brussels sprouts - one of my favorite vegetables and I'd love a new way to prepare them.

Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) said...

This recipe sounds wonderful! I wish I had a pasta roller...

I'll definitely try the cottage cheese trick for cream sauce though!

KT said...

I showed my husband the recipe for your brown sugar mustard roasted brussels sprouts and he just about drooled! Too bad we are living in Germany and I may have a hard time finding Emerill products. Either I will stash some in my bag when we go home for Christmas or just try to combine the two main parts of his special mustard.... Can't wait to try it. I have always wanted to cook brussels sprouts but never knew a good way to prepare them into deliciousness!


Anderburf said...

This sounds really good! I just got some organic pepper and Himalayan sea salt from Sustainable Sourcing and I think I'll try them both out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!