Fusilli with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

I had pumpkin puree leftover from the Pumpkin Fudge I made earlier in the week (recipe here).  Wasting it was just not an option so I began googling pumpkin sauce recipes.  For my Creamy Pumpkin Sauce I included variations of all the common ingredients I already had in my fridge and pantry.  I even surprised myself with how tasty it was!  Here is the final recipe:

  • ¾ can Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ lb Fusilli pasta (or your pasta of choice)
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves of Garlic minced
  • ¼ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ½ cup Sour Cream
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Dash of ground All Spice
  • Dash of ground Cinnamon
  1. In a medium saucepan, sauté the minced garlic in the olive oil over medium heat, until soft, not brown.
  2. Begin boiling the pasta until al dente.
  3. Spoon in the pumpkin, heavy whipping cream and sour cream until mixed well and bring to a slow boil.
  4. Add the spices, salt and grated parmesan cheese until mixed and melted.
  5. Drain the pasta and stir into pumpkin sauce until well-covered.

Next time I will plan ahead and add half a pound of Italian sausage too!

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Collegiate Rice Krispie Treats

Tailgating is one of my favorite activities.  After loading up on salty foods like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chips, etc I’m always looking for a sweet treat.  You certainly can’t go wrong with Rice Krispie Treats!  They are quick and easy to make.  I added food coloring to each batch for Florida Gator team colors – blue and orange.  CHOMP!

1.  First, spray the entire inside of your pot with cooking spray so the marshmallow doesn’t stick to it.  Then melt 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine.

2.  Add one 10 oz. package of regular-sized marshmallows over low heat until they are completely melted.  Be sure to also spray your mixing spoon with cooking spray or you WILL have a mess on your hands!

3. Add food coloring if you so desire.  I added red & yellow to the first batch and several drops of blue to the other batch.  Looking back I would have added more blue knowing now that the yellow hue of the rice krispies made them look a little green.  (Boooo!)

4. Add 6 cups of Rice Krispies and stir until they are completely covered by marshmallow.

5.  Voilà!  Pour each batch into a 9×13 pan and let them cool.  To make them fill the pan neatly and evenly, spray your hand with cooking spray and pat them down.

Happy First Day of Fall

In honor of the first day of Fall I have officially opened my new Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath Scented Gel Car Freshener. I have been awaiting this day for some time. Why you ask? Florida, especially Miami, does not quite feel like Fall yet so it might as well smell like it! Here’s to some cooler weather and to all the pumpkin flavored goodies to come this season.

Anyone have any good recipes with a pumpkin spin? Please reply!

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