Pumpkin Penne Pasta- Vegetarian

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Jul. 17, 2015

This simple pumpkin recipe combines fresh pumpkin, pasta, caramelized onions and Parmesan into a one-dish vegetarian meal!


Thinly sliced onion 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Olive oil 2 Teaspoon
Bay leaf 1
Fresh pumpkin 1 Pound
Penne pasta/Any short pasta: rigatoni, rotini 1/2 Pound
Minced garlic 1 Teaspoon
Thyme 1/2 Teaspoon
Ground sage 1/4 Teaspoon
Red pepper flakes 1/4 Teaspoon
Vermouth/White wine /broth 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Grated parmesan 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Heavy cream 2 Tablespoon (optional)
Toasted walnuts 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Torn arugula/Baby spinach 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)



1.Heat a large skillet with olive oil and sauté onions, bay leaf in it.

2.Sprinkle salt, cover with a lid and stir well.

3.When onions caramelize, cook pumpkin as shown in the video and allow to cool.

4.Boil water in a large pot and boil pasta. Once done, reserve a cup of liquid.

5.Add garlic, herbs, vermouth to caramelized onions and stir well.

6.Peel pumpkin and cut into 1 inch chunks. Add onion mixture and allow to simmer.

7.Drain pasta and add pumpkin mixture with pasta water.

8.Add parmesan and cream (optional) to pasta and stir well.

9.Allow to cook until sauce thickens.

10.Garnish with toasted walnuts and fresh greens before serving.


11.Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 547Calories from Fat 242

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 28 g43.1%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 371 mg15.46%

Total Carbohydrates 58 g19.3%

Dietary Fiber 5 g20%

Sugars 6 g

Protein 17 g34%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet