Creamy pumpkin sausage mac and cheese with kale is pure comfort food! It’s a fast, easy dinner recipe when you crave homemade pasta in a bowl.
I’m not kidding when I say that this recipe has been sitting in my head and on my computer for four months now. But it’s one of those things that is so damn hard to photograph. And my food blogger-ness does not allow me to share a recipe when I’m not 100% okay with the pictures. I’ve shot this a total of five times which means it’s been made way more times at home. And every time I’ve tweaked and added and made changes. Because I obviously can’t sit still and let a good recipe be. Which this sooooo is!
Which is why when we shot this video TWO WHOLE MONTHS AGO, there was no kale in the recipe. It was just pumpkin sausage mac and cheese. But how can I let a recipe get on this blog with ZERO veggies ???? So the kale went in.
But I can’t re-shoot the video so when you watch this, please just imagine I’m adding some kale in the end ????
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Like all my pasta recipes, this one was also pretty accidental and a fridge cleaning exercise. I have a super bad habit. I love hoarding. So for example, when I see all those cute little pumpkins sitting on the store shelf. I obviously have to buy five instead of one. And then I don’t know what to do with them so I make homemade pumpkin puree. By the jars! And then my fridge is full and umm I start looking for ways to get rid of it. Which brings us to this recipe. And for once am I glad my fridge was full of homemade pumpkin puree jars.
Because this creamy pumpkin sausage mac and cheese is THE BEST! It is what you need when winter is about to get over and you want that last feeling of eating pasta in a bowl in your jammies. Just to hold on to the chilly air a little while longer where there’s soup and creamy pasta and maybe some crusty bread to mop it all up? And you still have an excuse to wear your favorite grey sweater. And eat all the carbs you can.
Before we go any further with our love affair with this mac and cheese, I have to tell you that there’s no other way but to make your own pumpkin puree.
How to make Homemade Pumpkin Puree?
Believe me making pumpkin puree at home is the simplest thing you can do. Everyone has their own methods and here’s a really comprehensive resource that I found. But what I like to do is boil and puree. All you need to do is peel and cut the pumpkin into small 1 inch pieces. Add them to boiling water and boil for 20-25 minutes till the pumpkin is fork tender. Drain and once cool, puree till smooth. You can make a big batch and freeze or can it.
But for some reason if you absolutely can’t make your own, here’s an organic canned pumpkin puree that you can try.
Guys when you want a bowl of comfort food, whether its summer or winter, this mac and cheese is a winner! It really takes all of 30 minutes to cook and you are going to be wishing you made extra for leftovers.
Creamy Pumpkin Sausage Mac and Cheese with Kale
- 2 cups Elbow Pasta or Macaroni Pasta
- 3-4 Spicy Italian Sausage links casing removed (or Bangalore Pork sausages, casing removed)
- 1 teaspoon Garlic minced
- 1/4 cup Onions finely diced
- 1 1/2 cups Pumpkin Puree homemade
- 1/2 teaspoon Chilli Flakes
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
- 1 cup Kale roughly chopped
- A few sage leaves
- Salt to taste
- Boil pasta according to package instructions till al dente, drain and set aside.
- In a pan add sausage meat and cook till brown. Remove the sausage meat on a plate and set aside. Leave the fat in the pan.
- In the same pan, add garlic and onions and cook for 2-3 minutes till the onions are translucent. Add pumpkin puree, milk, chilli flakes, salt and bring it to a quick simmer.
- Add cream cheese and stir to combine till the cheese melts and mixes well. Add the sausage back into the pan along with cooked pasta and stir to coat. Top with kale and cook till the kale is wilted. Add sage leaves, mix and switch off the flame.
- Elbow pasta and macaroni pasta are the same thing
- You can use any ground sausage meat to make this recipe