My best friend is getting married ridiculously soon!! She is absolutely the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met. And she loves all things pumpkin. So I hope when they’re back from traipsing around to fabulous places on their honeymoon, that she makes this Pumpkin Ale Pasta, and they enjoy all things pumpkin together.
I have made many a pumpkin pasta sauce before, but with wine or just stock. Why not make it with a pumpkin ale and intensify all that wonderful pumpkin flavor?
And as always-it’s about flexibility. It’s ok to leave the sausage out, or the mushrooms, or the greens-but I really enjoy the flavors together. I wanted to use fresh kale, but if you’re like me and go to the grocery store at an inappropriately early hour, then there is no kale to be found. Spinach will do. And if you’re super fancy like me, you’ll garnish with some sun-dried tomatoes. And parmesan–because cheese makes everything better.
Pumpkin Ale Pasta
1 lb. pasta
1 lb. sausage (I used a combination of sweet and hot Italian turkey sausage)
1 medium onion
1 pint mushrooms
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 bunch of kale, stemmed and chopped, or, 10 oz. box of chopped spinach
1 cup pumpkin ale
1 cup chicken stock
15 oz. can pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix!)
1/2 cup heavy cream
chopped sundried tomatoes
Bring a pot of water to a boil, salt and cook pasta according to package directions.
In a large pot (I like to toss the pasta with the sauce in the pot) brown sausage. While sausage is cooking, chop onion, mushrooms and garlic. Remove sausage from pan with a slotted spoon and reserve. Add onion and mushrooms to the pan and saute 3 minutes or until cooked. Add garlic and saute about 30 seconds.
If using fresh kale, you can either boil it with the pasta, steam it above the pasta, or saute and wilt with the onion and mushrooms. You can also defrost a 10 oz. box of spinach, squeeze out the water and add at any time.
Pour in the pumpkin ale. Let it foam and reduce slightly. Add the chicken stock and pumpkin and stir to combine. Let it bubble a little bit. Add cream and seasonings. If you haven’t already, add your greens.
Turn off the heat and add the cooked pasta to the pot and toss all together. Top with a sprinkling of sun-dried tomatoes and grated parmesan.