Pumpkin Manicotti with Apple Sausage and a Bacon Cream Sauce

Wow. Today has been super productive. Made and shot two new recipes, blogging one of them now. Cleaned the house top to bottom. Went shopping. Entertained my in-laws for a couple hours. Now it's date night!

The husband and I are going out for dinner and drinks tonight which is a rare occasion and so over due. So if you don't mind. This #30DaysOfPumpkin thing is going to be short and sweet.... my cute date is waiting!

Pumpkin Manicotti with Apple Sausage and a Bacon Cream Sauce


1 box manicotti prepared according to package directions
1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
1 8 oz package of  cream cheese
1 tbs olive oil
4 apple chicken  sausage links, diced
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 tbs diced fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme) 
3 tbs bacon grease
3 tbs flour
2 cups milk
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 
salt and pepper to taste


In a fry pan heat olive oil over medium/high heat. Add in sausage pieces and fry about 5 minutes or until they start to brown. Remove from heat.

In a mixing bowl mix in sausage pieces, pumpkin, cream cheese, dived onion, garlic, pecans, and herbs.

Fill each cooked manicotti shell with filling and place in a greased casserole dish. Set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, add bacon grease and flour. Whisk together over medium high heat until a paste forms. Slowly whisk milk and bring to a boil.  Mix in freshly grated nutmeg and Parmesan cheese. Mix until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

Pour cream sauce over the top of the filled pasta. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Garnish with chopped pecans, herbs and extra Parmesan cheese. 



  1. This looks amazing Carrie. Hope you had an awesome date night

  2. I knew you could get it all done! You need to turn your apron around and use it as a cape, because you're definitely one super lady. Can't wait to try this recipe!

    1. I DID! It was kinda crazy. When 9pm rolled around, I told my husband it was time to bring me home. I needed to go to bed. Date night lasted for 1.5-2 hours tops haha!

  3. Oh my...this totally caught my eye on Facebook today! I have been stock piling my Bacon Fat, and this looks like something I can use a bit of that for! And we can never get enough of Pumpkin....yet...I think...can we? :) Also, I am glad to hear you made it through your whirlwind day :)

    1. Thank you so much! Oh if you have extra bacon fat laying around.... check out my Pumpkin Pie Bars with a Bacon Shortbread Crust.... AHHHMAZING.

  4. I love these flavors together. A little nutmeg with sausage and pumpkin. MMMmmmm! Sounds amazing. I think I'll make this for our stay-at-home date night next time:)

    1. I know I can't get enough of these flavors. I was scared hubby would go for cheese, pumpkin and apple all in one. But even he loved it!

  5. Hope you guys had a wonderful date night! These are AMAZING. I love every single thing about them! Just thinking about this flavor combo is making my mouth water!

  6. Oh my god. Oh my god. This manicotti looks gorgeous, and the bacon sauce...INCREDIBLE!