Cara’s Pumpkin Pasta

It seems like every blogger out there has made this recipe. It was only time until I made it myself. What better time to than A Week of Pumpkin to make Cara’s famous Pumpkin Pasta. If you don’t know about Cara’s blog, be sure to check it out. She’s definitely a pumpkin princess. She puts pumpkin in things that I would never think to put pumpkin in.

I know most people have made this with penne, but I got bowtie pasta because I love bowtie pasta. Hubby and I rarely have pasta in the house. We just don’t eat it that much. I don’t think the shape of the pasta had a negative impact on the dish at all.

I doubled Cara’s recipe so that I could freeze some of it for Hubby and I to take in our lunches next week. With my doubled recipe I got 6 servings. Four of which went straight into the freezer. I would never think that I would enjoy pumpkin pasta, but I tell you what, this stuff is delicious. I love the colors of the pumpkin and spinach together on the plate. Goat cheese went really well with this dish as well.

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Yield: 6 servings


8 oz bowtie pasta
2 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
~2 tsp sage
4 links cooked chicken sausage, sliced
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 can pumpkin puree
pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
10 oz torn spinach, thick stems removed
crumbled goat cheese, optional


Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 10-minutes, until softened. Add garlic, sage, and chicken sausage.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions.

In a blender, combine combine pumpkin and cottage cheese. Blend until no lumps are present. Add to sausage mixture in skillet and continue to cook over low heat. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper, and a pinch of nutmeg.

Drain pasta and return to pot over low heat. Add sausage mixture and baby spinach, and toss together. Cover for a few minutes to let the spinach wilt. Serve with goat cheese, if desired.

Recipe adapted from Cara's Cravings

And don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

Check out my week of pumpkin here.

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11 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars”

  1. #
    Pam — November 13, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    These look amazing! I’m trying not to lick my screen looking at these pictures.

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    oneordinaryday — November 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I made these last winter and they were sooooo absolutely amazing. I purposely haven’t made them since because I would eat them all! Perfect holiday treat, aren’t they?

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    Erin — November 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    These sound really different, unique, and delicious!

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    stephchows — November 13, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    oh what i’d give for one of those as a snack right now! yum!!

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    Heather — November 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    OK, I have a weird question since I have texture issues.

    I assume the pumpkin portion of this is similar in texture to pie filling (hence “Pumpkin Pie” part of the name)? Or is it more cake/bar-like?

    These are so unique!

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    nutmegnanny — November 13, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Mmmm pumpkin and snickerdoodle…I’m on board 🙂 I bet this is great. I love bar cookies. Easy and delicious!

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    Ingrid — November 14, 2009 at 1:36 am

    I start drooling everytime I see those yet for some odd reason I wind up just making the plain snickerdoodle version. I think it’s the kids thinking the plain one is perfection. They’ve actually told me not to mess with the recipe.

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    Jen — November 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Yes Heather – it has a similar texture to pumpkin pie.

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    Sweet and Savory — November 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    This looks great. You have a good variety of appealing recipes. You can keep me busy baking for months.

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    bcallegra — November 17, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Hope you feel better – I suffered through the flu last month and it’s definitely amazing how quickly the crappy feelings hit you!

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    Julia from Dozen Flours — November 18, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    So glad you liked my recipe! 🙂

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