Pumpkin pasta?!

Well hello again friends!  Seems like we just left each other ;)

As expected, the rest of the afternoon included a sugar cookie adventure! 

We started it off by making a big mess :P

Then cut out some fun shapes & baked ‘em up

And got to decoratin’!  Yes, we are outta control ;)

It was actually much more entertaining than I initially anticipated :)  Plus I used my mom’s trick for icing to make some pastel colors (I’m such a girl haha) — confectioner’s sugar, water + food coloring and ta-da!

Check out the day’s spread…  phew what-a-day! :P

Whoa crazy lights?!?!?

And we haven’t even gotten to dinner yet *gasp*!!!  So what is it you ask?

Baked Ziti w/ Pumpkin & Chicken Sausage!

I found this recipe on the Libby’s site and was really exited to try it, of course I made a few changes based on our tastes (gahhhh alwayssss haha)

Key players:

  • 1 package whole wheat penne
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 tblps flour
  • red pepper flakes
  • nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp EVOO
  • 1 can fat free evaporated milk
  • Al Fresco Italian chicken sausages
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parm

First up I sauteed the garlic in some EVOO (what is it about garlic/EVOO that smells soooo gooood?!?!)

Then added the pumpkin, red pepper flakes, nutmeg and salt/pepper to taste.

Then it was time to gradually add the FF evaporated milk, stirring to mix through.

While the pasta was cooking away (per directions) I sliced up the chicken sausages, added these to the sauce plus about 1/2 cup of the pasta water.

Then it was time to combine the drained, cooked pasta and sauce

Transfer to a baking dish (cooking spray) and bake for about 15 minutes at 400F covered with foil.  Top with mozzarella and parm cheese, bake another 5 minutes uncovered and voila!

Serve with some broccoli & cauliflower topped with a lil’ more cheese, since if you noticed I omitted the spinach from the original recipe ;) (The Man hates spinach – Popeye hater what?!)

Whose is whose?!?! :P  (grammar class for me ha!)

All served up :)

I really liked this recipe!  I was also a bit worried that The Man may not love it – WRONG :)  He loved too!  Plus he raved about the frozen veggies… with the “different cheese” that I added to the mix ;)  Winner winner pumpkin sneak attack dinner!

Alright, movie time for us and time for me to get outta the kitchen!  Well except grabbing some cookies for dessert ehh hmmmm…. 

Have a wonderful night friends and see you tomorrow — hopefully there will be some car purchasin’ in this girl’s near future (aka tomorrow since if not then I am technically “car-less”!)

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11 responses to “Pumpkin pasta?!

  1. Kristie Lynn

    Such cute sugar cookies – yours are way more decorated than my family ever did with ours :) Did you and the man pick favorites?

    • Oh yes indeed ;) Haha The Man’s fave were his 2 “gangsta snowmen” (yes, don’t ask haha?!) and mine was the snowman with the green scarf (or what is supposed to be a scarf!)

  2. Adorable sugar cookies!! :)

    And oh my goodness… that pumpkin baked ziti looks out of this world good!! So funny that The Man thought it was cheese, haha! :) Love it!

  3. Ah awesome cookies Steph….can I place an order? I’ll need 4 dozen by this Saturday (cookie exchange party). Awesome. Thanks. Love ya :)

    No but seriously, I’m going to steal your cookie recipe for this weekend:)

  4. Those cookies are so cute! Whenever I make cut out sugar cookies I just leave them plain – I’m not quite artistic enough to add icing! Yours look great!

  5. OMG that pumpkin sauce looks so creamy and delicious, but I must say I would have attacked the Christmas cookies first :)

  6. savoringsarah

    Damn girl! I wish my Sundays were that productive! All I managed to do yesterday was watch five movies in a row and eat my first bowl of egg nog ice cream. Shooooot!

  7. What a creative use of pumpkin. Looks awesome!! And lots of leftovers are the best…

  8. oh my gosh…my pumpkin-loving self is DEFINITELY trying this one!! you are such a good cookie decorator, too. I am lazy and just globs toooons of icing and douse (sp?) it with some sprinkles. I love yours!!

  9. Your blog is amazing! I love it! And those sugar cookies weren’t so bad either. Your decorating is so professional – almost too good to eat (almost!). I look forward to learning more about you!

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