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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7 Responses to “Osso Bucco Style Chicken”

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    Justin — July 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    if looks are anything, this looks REALLY good

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    newlywed — July 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I agree — this looks great! Do you mind me asking how long it took to prepare?

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    Jen — July 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    newlywed – I think this took Hubby a little over an hour to make. But you could def chop all the veggies ahead of time and make the gremolata in advance as well. That would help cut down the time for sure.

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    Cara — July 15, 2010 at 1:46 am

    I love osso bucco and I really like the idea of this lightened version. Yum!

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    biz319 — July 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    I love gremolata’s – they really make a dish pop! I did a walnut, lemon zest and cilantro to top a celery root soup – it made the soup!

    http://biz319.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/happy-v-day-old-stoppin-grounds-and-bsi-lemon-zest/

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    marla {Family Fresh Cooking} — July 15, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Jen, your Osso Buco Chicken looks fresh and super delicious! Wish I had some for dinner tonight 🙂

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    Mrs Happy Homemaker — July 16, 2010 at 2:59 am

    That looks yummy!! I might have to try that one.

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