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Pumpkin-Chorizo Bow Ties

Chicken sausage is such a convenient way to add flavor to healthy dishes. If your family doesn't like spicy food, skip the red pepper flakes and use a mild-flavored sausage. The pumpkin really stands out that way. —Sharon Ricci, Mendon, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked multigrain bow tie pasta
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fully cooked chorizo chicken sausage links or other spicy chicken sausage, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir for 4-6 minutes or until browned. Stir in half-and-half, pumpkin, cheese blend, garlic powder and pepper flakes; heat through.
  • Drain pasta. Add to sausage mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 506 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 732mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 32g protein.

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