Sausage Tortellini With Pumpkin Alfredo

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"This is a great Fall dish; and, not difficult to prepare. I take advantage of a store bought tortellini or ravioli to make this quick cooking. Personally, I like to use tortellini; but, either works just as well. I usually get the fresh pasta from the grocers deli (or an Italian market); but, you can use frozen if that is all that is available. Great to serve brussels sprouts or roasted beets on the side. This can be served as a main dish or side dish."

Original recipe yields 4-6+ servings
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  • Serving Size: 1 (306.2 g)
  • Calories 463.8
  • Total Fat - 37.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 18.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 93.8 mg
  • Sodium - 787.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 16.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.3 g
  • Sugars - 3.2 g
  • Protein - 17 g
  • Calcium - 326.7 mg
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 64.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Nuts ... Saute the nuts in a dry non-stick pan, on medium heat. They only take 2-3 minutes. When you can smell the nuts; they are done. Transfer the nuts to a plate to cool. I like pepitas; but, pistachios or pecans work well too.

Step 2

Sauce ... Add the butter to a large saute pan; and, bring to medium heat. Add the onion, scallions, garlic, red pepper, red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and pepper; saute 3-4 for minutes, stirring often - you don't want the garlic to burn. Then, add the pumpkin, half and half, nutmeg; and stir until everything is combined. Bring to just under a boil; don't let it come to a boil; then, reduce to medium low heat, and simmer - approximately 5 minutes.

Step 3

Pasta ... As the sauce cooks; cook the tortellini in a large pot of salted water, according to package directions. Drain, add the kale and toss; then, set to the side, and keep covered. Remember, if using fresh pasta; it will cook much quicker than frozen.

Step 4

Finish ... Add the the cheese to the sauce along with the sage; and, stir just until the cheese is melted. Add the sauce to the pot with the pasta and kale; and, toss until combined.

Step 5

Serve and ENJOY! ... Transfer your dish to a serving platter or bowl; garnish with the nuts, extra cheese if you want; and, reserved scallions. On the side; I like some roasted brussels sprouts or beets.

Tips & Variations

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