This dish was extremely tasty. I wanted a dish that could be made ahead of time and heated in the oven, but also remained saucy. Good company dish!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 9x13-inch baking dish
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

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  • Place porcini mushrooms in a bowl and add enough water to cover; soak until mushrooms have rehydrated. Drain water from mushrooms and reserve water. Chop mushrooms.

  • Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly and slice on the diagonal.

  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add sage and nutmeg and stir. Transfer onion mixture to a bowl; add chopped mushrooms and sausage. Mix in reserved soaking water, pumpkin, Gruyere cheese, cream, salt, and pepper.

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain and mix pasta into pumpkin sauce. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and top with Parmesan cheese. Cover pan with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Chicken broth can be used in place of the water from mushrooms, if desired. Add broth or cream if sauce is too thick.

Substitute 8 ounces fresh mushrooms for the dried, if desired. Add them in step 4, after cooking the onion and garlic.

Nutrition Facts

560 calories; protein 24.5g; carbohydrates 54.2g; fat 28.2g; cholesterol 73.4mg; sodium 803.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2015
Very good! I'm not a fan of fennel seed so I didn't use Italian Sausage-I used a beer brat and removed the casing- Just our preference. I also used chicken broth instead of water. Everyone loved it! Even my little one! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing! Will make this one again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/03/2017
This came out kind of dry and I could not taste the pumpkin. I'd use more pumpkin puree next time. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2015
Very good! I'm not a fan of fennel seed so I didn't use Italian Sausage-I used a beer brat and removed the casing- Just our preference. I also used chicken broth instead of water. Everyone loved it! Even my little one! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing! Will make this one again! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/03/2017
This came out kind of dry and I could not taste the pumpkin. I'd use more pumpkin puree next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2016
I made my own breakfast sausage with ground pork instead of using Italian sausage. This turned out great - I have SO MUCH frozen pumpkin purée and this is a tasty way to use it up. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2018
Used 8 oz regular mushrooms and ground venison Italian sausage instead of sweet link. Liked by all should have made a double batch! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2020
This was Great! I normally make recipes as is , but I had to make substitutions because on the 2020 chaos. I used regular milk instead of cream and baby bellas for mushrooms. We couldn't taste pumpkin, which is a win for my 12 year old who doesn't like any squash. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2016
I love this dish. So do my children and my husband. I make it differently but the gist is the same. I use heavy cream and no mushrooms:). Just 1/2 cup to make it creamier and a cup of dry white wine (reduced to half) enhances flavors. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2017
This was delicious; I subbed greek yogurt got the heavy cream and it came out fine. I do think it was a bit too much pasta for the sauce but that may be my own preference Read More
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