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Baked Ziti with Pumpkin Creamy Basil Sauce + Sage Breadcrumbs

Creamy Basil Pumpkin Pasta Bake

SIZE

For 6

PREPARATION

30 min

DIFFICULTY


  • Level 1

Creamy Basil Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Looking for new ways to introduce pumpkin this fall? We’ve got you covered! This unique baked ziti with pumpkin tomato sauce and sage breadcrumbs is a real crowd pleaser and comes together in just 30 minutes. 

Here, we simply add pumpkin and ground sausage to our Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce and top with sage parmesan breadcrumbs before baking until bubbly! The result is a kitchen that smells like Fall and the coziest sweater weather dinner.

Ingredients

16 oz ziti, rigatoni, or penne
salt
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
16 oz ground mild Italian sausage
cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup minced sage
1/2 C grated parmesan
1 jar Not Just Creamy Basil Pasta Sauce
1 (14oz) can pumpkin puree
1 cup ricotta
1 egg

Process

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees with a rack 6-inches from the broiler element and one rack in the middle position. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt (don’t be bashful here)! Add the pasta and cook until very al dente, about 5 minutes, reserving ¾ cup of pasta water.

2

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium high until shimmering. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up with a medium spoon, until no pink remains, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

3

In a medium bowl, add the panko and olive oil and stir to coat the panko with the oil. Add the sage, parmesan, and ¼ teaspoon salt and stir until evenly incorporated.

4

In a large bowl, whisk the Not Just Creamy Basil Pasta Sauce, pumpkin puree, ricotta, egg, and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the al dente pasta and reserved pasta water and stir to coat. Transfer to a 9×13 baking dish, top with the panko mixture and bake for 20 minutes until warmed through and bubbly.

5

Set the oven to broil and transfer the dish to the prepared top rack. Broil on high for about 3 minutes, monitoring, until golden brown.