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Pasta Squiggles with Pumpkin Sauce

My family loves this spiral pasta in a tasty pumpkin sauce. Make it for Halloween and call it Creepy-Crawly Noodles! —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) cellentani or spiral pasta
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, cook pasta according to package directions. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add onion and red pepper; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in broth, pumpkin, cream, salt, nutmeg and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, 8-10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Drain pasta and return to pan. Stir in pumpkin mixture and parsley. Sprinkle servings with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups (calculated without Parmesan cheese): 381 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 764mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • Christina
    Nov 1, 2019

    We had this as part of our Halloween meal prior to trick or treating. It was so yummy! My kids loved it and it is something I will keep in my meal rotation. It's great for anytime, not just Halloween!

  • rwippel
    Nov 5, 2018

    I never know what to do with the leftover can of pumpkin. This dish was a great use for that. The pasta was creamy without being over the top with Pumpkin flavor.

  • PrplMonky5
    Oct 23, 2017

    This was a pretty good meal! The pumpkin flavor wasn't overpowering at all. In fact, I might add a bit more "pumpkin-y" spice to it next time. The red peppers gave it just the right amount of sweetness. Don't forget the parmesan, because it really helps bring out the flavor. I paired this with apple & onion flavored sausage. It made a lot, so next time I'll cut the recipe in half. Overall, a good "something different" recipe!Update: Made this again and it was still a good solid meal. I tried adding in tiny bit of pumpkin pie spice but I didn't really taste a difference. Next time I'll try adding in even more and maybe upping the amount of canned pumpkin and cream. I'm sticking by my original 4-star review. Would still make this again.