I hate wasting things. I don’t mind splurging, but wasting is just not okay. When I take the time and money to make a purchase and know that resources should be valued and that many people don’t have nearly what I have, it’s important to me to use that resource to the best of my ability.
I wear clothes and shoes until they can’t be worn any longer, I have been making the most out of each roll of wrapping paper, and I turn the water off when brushing my teeth.
But it’s food waste that really gets to me. We waste a lot of food in this country. If it’s not pretty enough, the right shape, or before the typically useless best by date, we’re done with it. And that’s not cool.
It’s also not cool to waste ingredients. Like when I had most of a box of pumpkin (yes, I use boxed organic pumpkin puree) left after making Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. I didn’t really want to bake anything else, but I could not throw away that high quality pumpkin.
So I sat down and thought about what I could make. The other thing about trying not to waste food is that it forces you out of recipe ruts and your food comfort zone, which is awesome because so often new recipes turn out to be the best.
I realized a creamy, almost Alfredo style pasta would be the perfect vehicle for the pumpkin and create an easy to make, super comforting yet elegant dinner that is so perfect for just about any holiday occasion. Plus it only dirties one dish.
Let’s talk about Creamy Pumpkin Pasta. With only a few ingredients this meal can be a quick dinner after a busy day shopping, wrapping, or traveling, but it can also be a dinner party meal that makes your guests swoon.
Whenever you make this Creamy Pumpkin Pasta, be sure to try it. And have a wonderful Christmas. I can’t wait to celebrate with my family and I hope you enjoy time with yours.Print
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta #SundaySupper
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 ½ cups pure pumpkin puree
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken stock
- 8 ounces spaghetti, or other pasta of your choice
- 6 ounces cream cheese
- Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Once hot, add the oil, followed by the onion, garlic, turmeric, pepper, and salt. Sauté about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until slightly caramelized. Add the pumpkin puree and cook about 2 minutes more.
- Stir in the stock and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook about 9 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream cheese. It will take a few minutes to fully incorporate, but once it does, the sauce will be luscious and creamy. Serve immediately.
Recipe is easily doubled
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes! Thanks to Em for managing this week’s event!
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Cindy @CindysRecipesAndWritings says
I couldn’t agree more about food waste being a big problem. Some of my best dishes evolve from using leftover ingredients. This sauce sounds so good!
Yes, leftovers can be awesome inspiration. Thanks, Cindy!
What a yummy idea to add pumpkin to a cream sauce! So beautiful, too!! Merry Christmas, Laura!!! xo
Great recipe! I am curious, have you ever worked or thought about working for a restaurant or bakery? It seems like it would be right up your sleeve!
Hi Serena! Thanks for your comment. I have definitely thought about it, but the pressure and hours of working in a restaurant or bakery aren’t for me. I have also realized over time food isn’t my greatest passion, writing and fashion are. Happy Holidays!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
Great first photo…love the color of your pasta dish. I’m sure it was as good as it looks. Hope you had a lovely Christmas.
Thanks, Karen! Christmas was great – hope yours was too. Happy New Year!
Jersey Girl Cooks says
Creamy pasta is my weakness!