Monday, September 17, 2018

Stuffed Pumpkin to Welcome you to #PumpkinWeek

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Sweet Italian sausage mixed with macaroni in a creamy sharp cheddar cheese sauce, stuffed inside of a pumpkin shell and baked to perfection.

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The recipe I have chosen to share with you today features extra sharp cheddar from Cabot Creamery.  Cabot Creamery was kind enough to send the bloggers coupons for free product to assist in the creation of our recipes.

Cabot Creamery is always very generous and I have been blessed to receive product from them in other events.  I have come to love their products and had no idea that they also carried a full line of dairy, including butter and sour cream, until this event.

Today's recipe not only features their Seriously Sharp Cheddar, it is also adapted from this recipe found on their website.

I used a much smaller pumpkin as I was only feeding our family.  I also had a little Italian sausage left in the refrigerator that I decided to incorporate into this dish. Feel free to omit the meat if you are vegetarian or want to enjoy a Meatless Monday meal.

This is an adorable presentation and would be perfect for a Halloween Party.  

I am so excited to share this with you on the first day of our annual Pumpkin Week festival.  We will be sharing tons of great pumpkin recipes with you all week long and at the bottom of this post you will have an opportunity to enter to win one of three wonderful gift packages from our generous sponsors.  

Before we look at my recipe let's see what the others are sharing today.


Caramel Pumpkin Spice Latte from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Cold Brew Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Nifty Foodie
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Cider from The Crumby Kitchen
The Great Pumpkin Cocktail from Culinary Adventures with Camilla


Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce from House of Nash Eats
Creamy Pumpkin Risotto from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Harvest Pumpkin Soup from Everyday Eileen
Pumpkin & Sausage Pizza from Hardly A Goddess
Pumpkin Carbonara from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Chili from The Chef Next Door
Savory Pumpkin Gnocchi from Platter Talk
Pumpkin Quiche from Jonesin' For Taste
Stuffed Pumpkin from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Taiwanese Pumpkin Rice Noodles from Caroline's Cooking

Baked Goods & Desserts:

Chai Frosted Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from Who Needs A Cape?
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Skillet Cookie from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Pumpkin Pecan Pie Dump Cake from For the Love of Food
Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Classic Pumpkin Roll from Cookaholic Wife
Glazed Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones from Family Around the Table
Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes from Tip Garden
Make-Ahead Pumpkin-Chai Egg Bites from Wholistic Woman
No Bake Pumpkin Cookies from Seduction In The Kitchen
Pumpkin Cake Pops from The Beard and The Baker
Pumpkin Cheesecake Ebelskiver from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Amy's Cooking Adventures
Pumpkin Cookie Bars from Eat Move Make
Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from 4 Sons 'R' Us
Pumpkin Noodle Kugel from The Spiffy Cookie
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sweet Beginnings
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups from It Bakes Me Happy
Pumpkin Pie Pull Apart Muffins from Daily Dish Recipes
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from The Mandatory Mooch
Pumpkin Spice Latte Whoopie Pies from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes from April Golightly
Pumpkin Spice Popovers from Grumpy's Honeybunch
Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake from Love and Confections
Simple Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes from Cooking with Carlee

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Stuffed Pumpkin

prep time: 30 minscook time: 1 hour and 30 minstotal time: 1 hours and 60 mins
Sweet Italian sausage mixed with macaroni in a creamy sharp cheddar cheese sauce, stuffed inside of a pumpkin shell and baked to perfection.


1 (4-5 lb) sweet pumpkin
1/2 lb sweet Italian sausage, bulk or casings removed
2 c. macaroni, cooked per package directions
3 T. butter
1/4 c. flour
1 c. milk
1 c. half and half
8 oz. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
salt and pepper, to taste


Cut off the top of the pumpkin and remove seeds and stringy pulp, as you would if making a jack o lantern.

Place the pumpkin and the lid onto a baking sheet and bake in a preheated 375* oven for about an hour, until easily pierced with a sharp knife but still retains it's shape. 

While pumpkin is baking, cook the Italian sausage until browned and crumbly, set aside. Melt the butter in the drippings from the Italian Sausage.  Stir in the flour and cook stirring until brown and fragrant.  Season with salt and pepper.  Whisk in the milk, cream and  cheese.  Cook until thick and bubbly.  Stir in the macaroni until well coated.

Fill the pumpkin with the macaroni mixture, place the pumpkin lid back on, reduce oven temperature to 350* and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove the lid and bake another 5-10 minutes to brown the top, if desired.


adapted from a recipe shared on the Cabot Creamery website.
Created using The Recipes Generator

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  1. How fun is this!!! What a great way to combine cheese and pumpkin!

  2. Stuffing a pumpkin is a great idea -- though our summer produce is still available enough that I'm waiting for cooler weather to cook any pumpkins. I also like it stuffed with sage and onion stuffing that would normally go inside a turkey. Or with savory bread pudding type stuffing. Or wild rice or wheat berries!

    best... mae at

    1. Those sound delicious too Mae and we are all just pretending we are not in the middle of a heat wave while celebrating Pumpkin Week LOL

  3. I am already a huge fan. First of all, what a fun presentation. Secondly anything that involves pasta, cheese and Italian sausage is ok in my book!


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