Baked Pumpkin Ziti
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Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2008
Serves: 8 servings
For the Sauce
  • 1 pound sweet Italian turkey sausage removed from casings
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic grated**
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes**
  • 1.5 cans (15 oz) pumpkin puree** (It is really dry with only 1 can)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3-4 teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves** (I increased this from the original)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • few dashes of fresh grated nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk or 2% milk**
  • 1 pound ziti or penne pasta, cooked
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
For the Pumpkin Béchamel sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • (1) 15 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • Few dashes of fresh grated nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cook sausage (remove from casings) in a large, deep skillet over medium heat until fat is rendered about 8 minutes. Remove from skillet with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and set aside.
  3. Add onion, grated garlic, crushed red pepper flakes to oil remaining in the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally until soft; about 3 minutes. Stir in pumpkin puree, chicken stock and sage. Mix together and add salt. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in milk and sprinkle with nutmeg. Simmer until the sauce comes together and is thickened slightly.
  4. Add cooked pasta to a large lasagna pan, stir in pumpkin mixture from skillet and coat pasta well. (Pasta will look dry). Set to the side.
Prepare the Pumpkin Béchamel Sauce
  1. Melt butter over med-high heat in a medium size saute pan. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk the milk into a roux, breaking up any clumps. Bring mixture to a bubble and add pumpkin puree and nutmeg. Season with salt, reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened.
  2. Pour béchamel sauce over pasta and coat well. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for 35 minutes until the topping is golden brown.
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