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Pasta With Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Pasta With Creamy Pumpkin Sauce 4.000

Julia Ewan

Dinner in Minutes Nov 14, 2007

When life hands you canned pumpkin on sale, make dinner with it as well as Thanksgiving dessert. The flavors here -- pumpkin, dairy, sage, a touch of Parmesan cheese -- are what you might find in pumpkin-filled ravioli. But the effect is lighter; the squash becomes a subtle, can't-quite-place-it ingredient in this pale orange sauce.

We replaced the original recipe's cream with low-fat milk, and the sauce remained rich tasting. Feel free to toss some toasted, chopped walnuts on top.

Serve with steamed broccoli.

Servings: 4
  • 8 to 10 ounces multigrain angel-hair pasta, such as Barilla brand
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 3 medium cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions (6 to 7 minutes).

Meanwhile, mince the shallot and garlic; finely chop the sage.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic; cook for 3 minutes, stirring, until they have softened. Add the pumpkin puree, chicken broth, milk and half of the sage. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce is slightly thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste; keep warm on the lowest setting.

Drain the pasta and add to the sauce, then add 2 tablespoons of the cheese and mix well. Divide among individual plates and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of cheese and the remaining sage.

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Adapted from "The Ski House Cookbook," by Tina Anderson and Sarah Pinneo (Clarkson Potter, 2007).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 296

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 6g 9%

Saturated Fat: 2g 10%

Cholesterol: 6mg 2%

Sodium: 190mg 8%

Total Carbohydrates: 46g 15%

Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%

Sugar: n/a

Protein: 15g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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