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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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6 Responses to “Homemade Chicken Broth and Veggie Chicken Soup in the Crockpot”

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    Kristen - Dine & Dish — June 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    This is brilliant. What an informative post! I need to use my crockpot more often… poor thing is so ignored.

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    Kristen - Dine & Dish — June 16, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    This is brilliant. What an informative post! I need to use my crockpot more often… poor thing is so ignored.

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    Jen — June 16, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I love my crockpot. Most people think they should only be used in the winter, but I love using mine in the summertime because then your kitchen doesn’t get hot and you still have a hot meal ready when you get home from work!

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    Sarah — June 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I have been in love with Stephanie O’Dea’s crockpot blog for a few years now and cook from it all the time. It was so exciting to see that you were linking back to her in this post – it’s like the corners of my culinary universe have collided into deliciousness! I highly recommend Stephanie’s blog and book for those who are looking to utilize the crockpot more often.

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    Memória — June 17, 2010 at 4:00 am

    I’ve always wanted to make a chicken stock like this. (I thought that chicken broth involved the chicken meat while the stock involves the carcass. I could be wrong since I just started cooking over a year ago.) Anyway, thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Anonymous — December 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I’m excited to try this recipe. I love homemade soup and love your idea omn how to freeze it!!

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