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Welcome to Tweaked at Chez Jan de la Dayton....translated to 'tweaked at Jan's house in Dayton'! Sounds fancy, but it's not. If you choose to share a recipe, be kind and give me kudos for it. The pictures are NOT to be taken off this blog unless used in a direct link to this blog. Once upon a time I was a Weight Watchers leader....that chapter is closed. But I still like to eat and bake and don't like the weight that finds its way to me too easily. So I go find delicious-sounding recipes and tweak them. Some recipes, however, just don't turn out right if they're tweaked. I've not posted anything....so far.....that isn't WW friendly. That might change, and I'll warn you if I post something with 'scary' P+ values. For those who don't use substitutions, the ratio for Splenda granulated/sugar is 1:1 and the ratio for egg substitute/eggs is 1/4 cup of egg sub = 1 egg. Now.....let's have some fun in the kitchen!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Sausage & Pumpkin Pasta

This recipe was featured in the 11/27/11 edition of The Herald-News in Rhea County, TN.

Good afternoon everyone!!! I thought I'd share a 'regular' recipe today.....didn't want anyone to think all we ate was baked goods! We had this for 'lunch' today and it's really tasty. I 'permanently borrowed' (aka stole) this recipe from Taste Of Home.

Makes 4 Servings
1 Serving = 1 3/4 Cup = 4 PointsPlus™

2 cups uncooked multi grain bow tie pasta
1/2 lb Italian turkey sausage
1/2 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup white wine or more chicken broth
1/2 tsp rubbed sage
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 TBSP dried parsley flakes

Cook pasta according to package.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook sausage, mushrooms and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. Stir in broth (and wine if you're using it), pumpkin, sage, salt, garlic powder and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 5 - 6 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Drain pasta; add to skillet and heat through.

Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese and parsley.

MY SPIN: The only thing I would do is add more pumpkin to give it more of a pumpkiny flavor. (In this picture, I used Wacky Mac pasta and I did put 1 lb of sausage in it.)

Now for the 'legal mumbo-jumbo' to keep me out of court! *The PointsPlus™ value for this recipe was calculated by me (Jan Gomes) using the nutritional information provided by Taste of Home and is not an endorsement or approval of this recipe by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus™ registered trademark.*

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