Pumpkin Pasta

pumpkin pastaTeddy came home from Kindergarten one day with an obsession for pumpkin ice cream and kept begging to make some.  So we did and it was fun and delicious…at least to the grownups.  T-Bone decided that it “didn’t taste like he imagined” and that we’ll need to make peppermint ice cream for the holidays instead.  Aye aye!

I had a bit of pumpkin puree and cream left over and went on the search for a way to use it up.  I do love pumpkin pie, but generally prefer savory over sweet when it comes to pumpkin…must be the Asian in me.  I also tend to be impatient when cooking and search for recipes that require:

  • Less than 12 ingredients, mostly staples I’d have on hand
  • Less than 5-8 steps
  • Less than 10 min prep, 30 min cook time
  • Preferably only 1 pot/pan/small appliance…no more than 2

Found a penne with creamy pumpkin sauce recipe by Martha Stewart. Made pumpkin pasta for lunch and my results actually look and taste as good as the picture!  Super excited now to stock up on pumpkin puree while it’s on sale and make this pumpkin pasta all throughout the fall and winter.  Slightly adapted recipe below.



  • 12 oz penne
  • Salt (for boiling water)
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1T rosemary
  • 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2C half-and-half (I used 1/4C cream and 1/4C milk. Because leftovers.)
  • 1/3C parmesan, grated (I used grana padano. Because yum.)
  • 1T white wine vinegar
  • 1/4t red pepper flakes


  1. Salt a large pot of water.  Boil and cook pasta until al dente.  Save 2 cups of the water before draining pasta. Set aside.
  2. Using the same (now empty) pasta pot, heat oil over medium. Add rosemary and stir 1 minute.
  3. Being careful of hot popping oil, add remaining ingredients and 1 cup of the reserved pasta water. Stir 2-3 minutes until smooth and warm.
  4. Add pasta to sauce. Toss to coat. Gradually add more of the pasta water if sauce is too thick.
  5. Dish out fall yummies!!!

And I just love my newest set of plates.  These are from Anthropologie and have a little surprise for folks once they join the Clean Plate Club.  The praying mantis is one of my favorite symbols of female strength.  🙂 I think they’re sold out but of course you can find them on ebay.

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