This pumpkin penne recipe is delicious and simple, made with a creamy pumpkin sauce, pumpkin spices and Parmesan cheese.
Working in public relations, for me, means staying in the know about emerging media outlets, and trends.
So in 2008, when parenting blogs became all the rage, I suddenly found myself doing a lot of reading about teething, diapers and little Madeline’s first day of second grade.
Even though I’m not a parent, parenting blogs often provide useful information.
By “useful information,” I obviously mean “recipes.”
I’m not ashamed to admit that the recipe you’re about to read is the a recipe from Parents magazine.
I couldn’t find the recipe on Parents’ site, so I did some casual Googling and found it on a new-to-me parent blog.
I did make several tweaks. Though the original recipe calls for penne, I have made this with multiple pasta varieties including fusilli and fettuccine. that worked out just as well.
You can add a handful or two of fresh spinach to up the nutritional ante here — or you can skip it and serve alongside an arugula salad with pear and blue cheese.
Regardless of whether a blog is called a food blog, a mom blog, a technology blog or even an outer-space blog (reader note: I have not confirmed that such a thing exists) if it has delicious pumpkin recipes, it’s a-OK with me.
- 1-12 oz box whole wheat penne or Fusilli
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1½ cups low sodium chicken broth
- ½ cup fat-free evaporated milk
- 15 ounce can pumpkin
- ½ small white onion, chopped (or 1 tsp onion powder)
- ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Fresh parsley to garnish
- 1½ ounces grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 large handfuls fresh baby spinach (optional)
- Cook pasta according to package directions, adding spinach during the last two minutes of cooking. When it starts to wilt, drain, return to pot, cover to keep warm.
- Meanwhile, heat oil on medium. Whisk in broth, evaporated milk, pumpkin, and spices. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, simmer, uncovered for 4-5 minutes, occasionally stirring.
- Toss pasta with the sauce and cheese, spoon into bowls and top with parsley (if desired).