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Creamy Pumpkin Sauce with Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage

October 2, 2007

The original version of this meal was simply roasted garlic chicken sausage in homemade spaghetti sauce over whole wheat pasta. Easy enough meal to make for myself being that Kyle is working evenings this week, right?

Well…I got thinking this afternoon about things I wanted to get accomplished tonight and it clicked…Kyle is working evenings this week…evenings this week…hmmm…YES!! It’s not that I don’t love spending time with my husband because I very much do, but the time alone for dinner certainly gives me a little more latitude about what I can cook for myself. “What do I have in the fridge to beef up my pasta dish tonight? …. PUMPKIN!!” I thought to myself – it was leftover from the pumpkin pancakes I made over the weekend. I had been reading through Cara’s blog today and came across her hazelnut sage ravioli with pumpkin cream sauce and after the pumpkin light bulb went off in my brain, I decided to do a savory creamy pumpkin sauce tonight. Yes, yes…I realize that I would be taking a chance with this one – garlic chicken sausage with pumpkin sauce?? But you only live once and since I had to opportunity to possibly ruin only one meal, rather than two, tonight, I decided I’d better take advantage.

The ideas raced around my head during my 45 minute drive home and when I got in the house, I got right to work in the kitchen without even changing out of my work clothes. I was on a mission. Oh…did I mention this mission had to be lower in calories and fat since Kyle and I have started a healthy eating plan that involves only eating a certain amount of calories per day? Right…there would be no heavy cream in this sauce and instead skim milk, which I’ve always found works beautifully when making creamy sauces.

So here’s what I did:

  1. Melt 1 – 2 tsp butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp flour to melted butter and stir to make a liquidy roux. Stir in about 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, 1/4 tsp salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Cook for 30-60 seconds.
  2. Turn heat to low and whisk in 1/2 to 3/4 cup skim milk, whisking until there are no lumps. Stir in 1/4 cup pumpkin puree until well-incorporated. Cook on low stirring frequently for 5-8 minutes or until thickened to desired consistency.

I cut up and heated one pre-cooked roasted garlic chicken sausage and served the sausage on top of whole wheat pasta and the pumpkin sauce. Before eating, I sprinkled another dash of cinnamon on top and garnished with a few strips of Parmesan cheese. This was SO good and SO easy!! The mix of flavors from the sweet pumpkin and cinnamon along with the savory chicken sausage and Parmesan cheese was just delightful. And knowing that the sauce was low cal/low fat made eating the meal so much more satisfying! This is definitely a keeper…and maybe next time I’ll attempt it when Kyle IS home for dinner.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Carrie permalink
    October 4, 2007 12:13 am

    This looks super good, yum!

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