Pumpkin Pasta 🎃 with Italian Sausage Gather your ingredients! Less than $12 for 8 servings! Cool bulk Italian sausage over medium heat for 6 minutes breaking it up with Mix N Chop. Add 1 tsp thyme and cook for another 2 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. Cook pasta according to box directions. When draining pasta make sure to reserve 1 cup pasta water to use as thickener in pumpkin sauce. Then pour pasta water in slowly. Stir to combine and let simmer 2-3 minutes. Pour over al Dante pasta. Add parmesan cheese and stir to combine.