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Easy Pumpkin-Pasta Bake

(recipe, Deanna Dudney)

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The added pumpkin in this Easy Pumpkin-Pasta Bake recipe provides an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber.


  1. 1 box (14.5 ounces) whole wheat penne or other short-cut pasta, prepared according to package directions
  2. Nonstick cooking spray
  3. 1 lb. (about 4 links) sweet or spicy lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  4. 1 Tbsp. finely chopped garlic
  5. 1 jar (24 to 26 ounces) marinara sauce
  6. ½ cup water or dry red or white wine
  7. 1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  8. 4 Tbsp. (0.75 ounce) shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  9. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Spray 3-quart casserole dish or 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. COOK sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in marinara sauce (reserve jar). Add water or wine to jar; cover and shake. Pour into skillet along with pumpkin and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Stir well. Stir in prepared pasta. Spoon into prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese; cover.
  3. BAKE for 15 minutes. Carefully remove cover; bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.