Pasta with Pumpkin

Fall is pumpkin season. Like many others, I love fall and I also love all the wonderful things I can do with pumpkin.  I always look forward to this time of year, for both reasons.  If I had my way, I would cook something with pumpkin almost every day during this wonderful season, but Larry puts the kabash on that idea, although he does let me cook with a lot of pumpkin.  It is such a versatile vegetable; there are so many different ways to cook it and use it.  And my only response is … YUM!

Not only do I love pumpkin, but pasta is probably one of my favorite dishes as well.  Again, it is so versatile.  The possibilities are endless.  So, I combined my love for both of these items and made a very tasty, very healthy pasta dish with loads of vegetables, chicken, shrimp and a pumpkin sauce.  Delicious!

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I loaded this dish with tons of vegetables, of which the pumpkin is one, and shrimp.  I had a little leftover chicken that I added as well, to give it just a little bit more umph.  As you can see, I put just about everything in there, although my kitchen sink is still in tact.  You can make this meal purely vegetarian or if you are a carnivore like I am, it is good with either chicken, shrimp, sausage, or a combination of any of these.  I am still working on finishing up the last of my HUGE zucchini too, and can you believe, there is still some left.  It’s just not going away.  🙂  They’ll Never Know It’s In There

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Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

1 lb cooked pasta of your choice – I used angel hair pasta

2 TBSP olive oil

1/2 red onion, sliced very thin

1 TBSP garlic

1/2 red bell pepper, sliced thin

1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1/2 zucchini, cut into matchstick sized pieces

1 large tomato, or in this case, 1/2 of 1 VERY large heirloom tomato, diced large

1/2 cup green onions, sliced thin

1/2 cup champagne, or other light vinegar

1 15 oz can of pureed pumpkin

1 1/2 cups half & half

1/2 cup Parmagiano cheese

1 TBSP fresh parsley, chopped fine

1 tsp dried sage

1/2 tsp nutmeg

salt & pepper to taste

2-3 cups protein choice – either sausage, chicken, or shrimp, or a combination

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Mix all the heartier vegetables together and set aside.  Then mix the pumpkin, champagne vinegar, 1/2 & 1/2, cheese and seasonings together and set aside.

Saute the vegetables in olive oil until they are tender, then remove them from the skillet and set aside.

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In the same skillet, cook the shrimp for about 5-7 minutes, or until they are completely pink and are done.

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Once the shrimp is cooked, add the vegetables and the sauce and mix everything together well.  Since my chicken was already cooked, I added it at this time too.  Cook the sauce for about 5-7 minutes, then add the tomatoes and mix in right before serving so they do not break down.

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Once everything is cooked, add the sauce to the cooked pasta and top with more Parmigiano cheese, if desired, green onions and parsley.  To make the meal complete, I served it with warmed sourdough bread with an olive oil and balsamic dipping sauce and a crisp and light chardonnay.  This colorful treat makes for a perfect and healthy fall meal.

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Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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