Some things just go together. Campfires and s’mores. Peanut butter and jelly. Fall and camping. And Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta. (Not kidding!) When the leaves start changing and that cool October air brushes the treetops, one thing always comes to mind. Rich, creamy, savory pumpkin! There’s no better way to enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of Fall than to load up the camper and hit the road.
Summertime camping is full of cold beer, grilled burgers, flip flops, and swimsuit splashes in cool creeks and streams. (All awesome, by the way…) But Fall camping brings out the sweatshirts, beanie caps, warm cocktails, and bowls of rich, gooey, hot camping food that warm the soul. High on my list of amazing dishes to serve in the fall is Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta. It’s a little different, a little rich (ok… a lot rich), and a whole lot tasty!
Sausage Pumpkin Pasta – Not Your Typical Camping Dinner
I know, I know. Some of you are thinking Pumpkin Pasta? Really? Yes, I get that sideways glance when people ask “what’s for dinner?” and my answer is Pumpkin Pasta. Especially from the kids. But I promise that it will be a huge it! In fact, I’ve never had anyone not like it! It’s a bit like a light, fall version of Mac and Cheese (and who doesn’t like that?). And I also know it doesn’t exactly sound like your typical camping food. It’s not! That’s why I like it. Everyone will remember that camping trip when you served Pumpkin Pasta. They’ll remember it for years. And isn’t that kind of the point of camping… to create lifelong memories?
Fall camping means the days are shorter, but the campfires are longer (woo hoo!) Be prepared to enjoy it all by pre-cooking the pasta noodles before you head out. The flavorful, velvety sauce – full of savory sausage, onion, cream cheese, and pumpkin – comes together in about 20 minutes at the campsite. Then just mix and serve! And don’t let all the compliments you get about your amazing dinner go to your head! Just look up, smile, and thank your lucky stars that you’re out in the great outdoors with family and friends enjoying everything nature has to offer.
What’s your favorite fall camping memory?