Pumpkin on My Mind

Early last week Nick and I were craving an old fall favorite: pumpkin sausage pasta. It’s loaded with cinnamon and nutmeg and sage and garnished with Parmesan cheese. It’s early autumn on a plate. But, alas, our local supermarket was sold out of canned pumpkin. The horror! Apparently we’re in a pumpkin depression. However, as pumpkin deprived as we may have felt, we were not willing to pay $54.50 for nine cans.

On Thursday I took a much needed vacation day to prepare for our upcoming trip to Deutschland. I went to Target and the bank and the dry cleaners, and while I was on the opposite end of town, I thought I’d check out the pumpkin situation at another grocery store.


Although the sign on the shelf advised a two can per customer limit, I took four. I know, I’m a rebel. (Though Anna has me beat. Check out her pumpkin pyramid!)

Once we had the canned variety stashed safely in our pantry, we purchased more pumpkins in the form of:

And we finally made that pasta dish on Sunday night. It was just as good as we remembered.

What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

By the way, fall has arrived in central Pennsylvania, and it’s beautiful.

12 thoughts on “Pumpkin on My Mind

  1. Ha – pumpkin puree on ebay! Too funny. I was a maniac in the grocery store last year and bought enough pumpkin, squash and sweet potato puree that I still have a couple lonely cans in the pantry… but I’ll need to stock up on more soon and try your pasta dish. Yum yum!

  2. I LOVE everything pumpkin!!! I remember having the same issue last year trying to track down canned pumpkin…wow maybe I should stalk up now!!
    Your pasta looks AMAZING…think I might have to try it out 😉

    oh and I’m a HUGE fan of pumpkin beer…unfortunately we don’t get too many options for it around here…but I try and get my fill on the ones we do!

  3. Emily, that pasta looks amazing. I may just have to go out and get some pumpkin right now so I can make it tonight! I am SO excited for fall and this post just put me over the edge! 🙂

  4. We are SO making that pasta this weekend. It looks delish! NC was in a pumpkin depression a few years ago…who would have thought such a thing existed? My other favorite pumpkin recipes: pumpkin roll, pumpkin ice cream & pumpkin gnocchi!

  5. I haven’t gone looking for pumpkin in Florida yet, but there is a Publix every two blocks, so maybe I’ll get lucky, too. (I’m guessing you hit the jackpot at my old grocery of choice, ha).

    The pumpkin sausage pasta looks so good and sounds so different!

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