Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

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As I mentioned in my Stuffed Enchilada Shells post, I’m enjoying a no spend month. Mostly because I spent my all my money on some impulse purchases. So I’m using what I have on hand, while trying to ensure that I eat healthy nutritious meals. Only problem is, tonight I really did not feel like cooking. Because of this and that we are in the early stages of fall here, I decided to go with the Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce recipe by Martha Stewart. 

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I love the changing of seasons. The change in the different types of food that you eat, the different colors to enjoy, and the clothing changes. With fall I start to think about Hot Chocolate and Pumpkins. Trick or Treators, and the colder weather. The sweaters and scarfs, the boots and walks along the trees with all the changing colors. 

Lately, I’ve had to wear a sweater in the mornings when I take the dog for her morning walk, and this morning I noticed that the leaves are starting to turn. So tonight when I started trying to figure out what I wanted for dinner, I knew that I wanted something that reminded me of fall. And what’s more FALL than pumpkins. 

To be honest, I’ve never thought to use pumpkin as a pasta sauce but hey, I had almost everything to make the recipe. So why not give it a try. I found the recipe on my pinterest pasta board, I have no idea when I pinned it but thought it looked good, and like I said, I had almost everything on hand. 

The recipe called for Penne noodles, Salt, Olive Oil, Rosemary, Pumpkin Puree, Garlic, half & half, Parmesan Cheese, White Wine Vinegar, and Red Pepper Flakes. I had everything on hand except the half & half, so I substituted evaporated milk. Best part, it took less than 30 minutes to make. 

I was a little skeptical on how it would turn out, but was very pleasantly surprised. This recipe was delicious, seriously it was supper good. The recipe says to apply a liberal amount of salt, now I’m not a big salt fan, but for this, I would highly recommend using salt, I used sea salt, and it took the dish that much further. Pumpkin as a pasta dish is a great idea. Check it out at 


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14 thoughts on “Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

  1. Just as you say, I have also never considered making a pasta sauce with pumpkin. It sounds interesting! I will go check that out. Glad you shared. I like learning new things and ideas.

    • Oh good, not sure what the issue was, but I’m glad it’s working now.
      As for the recipe, please do try it. I found it super easy to make and very yummy.

  2. Your penne with creamy pumpkin sauce looks amazing! I don’t like much salt, either and lots of times when I’m eating out, restaurants use entirely too much salt for me. I try to remember to ask them to take it easy.

    Pinning – looks so yummy!
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