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Pumpkin Alfredo with Chicken

I love pumpkin and my kids love pasta, so this pumpkin Alfredo recipe is a match made in heaven for us. Plus, it's an extra way to get some veggies into their diet. Use dairy-free or gluten-free ingredients if needed. —Courtney Stultz, Weir, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces uncooked spiral pasta
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Minced fresh parsley

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Add to skillet; cook until a thermometer reads 165°, 6-8 minutes on each side. Remove and keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 5 minutes of cooking. In the same skillet used to cook chicken, heat butter over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Stir in cream, pumpkin, Parmesan cheese and nutmeg until combined.
  • Drain pasta and broccoli; stir into sauce. Slice chicken; serve with pasta mixture. Sprinkle with bacon, parsley and if desired, additional Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 631 calories, 30g fat (15g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 936mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 35g protein.

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  • curlylis85
    Feb 7, 2021

    Love the pumpkin alfredo sauce! It's creamy and adds great flavor to the pasta and chicken. I'll be making this again next pumpkin season.

  • lshaw
    Dec 8, 2020

    I didn't know what to think about pumpkin in an Alfredo sauce base, but took a chance since it seemed easy to throw together, plus husband loves the flavor of pumpkin so much. Everyone at the table gave their approval for this dish, but a couple of them, including husband, couldn't really taste much of the pumpkin flavor specifically. I made it with no alterations to the recipe and was asked to repeat this one every Autumn. It's out of the ordinary and another good way to serve chicken.

  • Christine
    Nov 23, 2020

    This was soooo good. Even my picky 4 year old ate it! I only did a couple of things differently, but no ingredient changes because everything was perfect! I cut the chicken into strips before cooking so it would cook quicker. I salted the sauce to taste before adding the pasta and broccoli. And I also just mixed the chicken in together with the pasta and broccoli at the end.

  • mehalv
    Oct 12, 2020

    This was really good! The pumpkin alfredo sauce was delicious! My only critique is that I dirtied quite a few dishes and pans in the process of cooking the recipe, but luckily our family was a fan of the dish!

  • ReneeMurby
    Sep 26, 2020

    Absolutely Fabulous! I will make this one again and again. Just the right amount of everything. Satisfying and delicious! I had it on the table in 30 minutes after a long day at work. This recipe is great!