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Baked Pumpkin Goat Cheese Alfredo with Bacon

This is a unique and delicious pasta, perfect for fall. I made this for my girlfriends, and everyone asked for the recipe! —Ashley Lecker, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) cellentani or spiral pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • TOPPINGS:
  • 1 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots; cook and stir 1-2 minutes. Add the next six ingredients. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring constantly, until reduced, 6-8 minutes. Add sage. Remove from heat.
  • Drain pasta; gently stir into cream sauce. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with bacon, goat cheese and Parmesan. Bake, covered, for 15 minutes. Uncover pasta; bake until cheeses are melted, about 5 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 559 calories, 37g fat (20g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 535mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • Monique
    Dec 7, 2020

    This was SO easy and SO delicious, thank you! My husband went back for seconds! I made a couple tiny changes - mixed uncooked bacon pieces through the pasta sauce rather than placing on top, and used mashed cooked pumpkin instead of canned.

  • jpshaw
    Nov 8, 2019

    Amazing flavors. Perfect fall comfort food! I've made this for a pot luck at work and got many compliments.

  • NH-rescue
    Dec 27, 2018

    I love goat cheese, so I was happy to find a recipe that used it with a vegetable. There is just enough pumpkin in this recipe to add flavor, but not be overwhelming. We used fully-cooked bacon to save time. The flavor could be altered a bit by using some of the newer goat cheeses with herbs.

  • Debra Torres
    Dec 15, 2017

    Thought this would be a good one since it was a contest winner. It sparked a lot of talk around our dinner table, but most of it was negative. Don’t think I would make again.

  • spiceygas
    Nov 21, 2017

    Made this minus the pumpkin. Pumpkin is in way too many things now. It's getting out of control.Anyways, added in some tomato paste in place of the pumpkin and got great results. Tasted fabulous, and the wife loves goat cheese.

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Oct 8, 2017

    Seriously great flavor! We loved this and will be making again. Great recipe. We loved the goat cheese and bacon flavors.