Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food

I know this is not a food blog, but my sister has been sending me yummy recipes lately so I just have to share them! This is perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving.

penne with pumpkin cream sauce

Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

1 lb. penne
2 T. butter
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper
15 oz. pumpkin puree
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
1/4 c. chopped flat-leaf parsley

Cook pasta in salted water until al dente, drain, reserving 1 c. pasta cooking water (don’t forget this part – you’ll need the extra liquid). In the same pot, melt butter over med-low heat. Add the onion and season with salt & pepper; cook, stirring, until softened (about 6 minutes). Stir in the pumpkin and cream and bring to a boil. Return the pasta to the pot along with the reserved pasta cooking water and toss. Stir in the parmesan cheese; season with salt and pepper. Serve, topping pasta with parsley and more parmesan.

I made this tonight for my cooking club – try it out and let me know how you like it! I have a fantastic soup recipe that will be coming soon…early next week, I think. Yum. This is going to be my winter of soups, so if you have a good recipe, please email it to me. Thanks!

(Apparently this recipe is from Rachael Ray – I got it from a friend so I had no idea where it originally came from.)


1 JenniferB October 15, 2008 at 6:15 am

OH! And it’s vegetarian too! SWEET! Thanks for this! :)

2 Baba October 15, 2008 at 7:34 am

This sounds really yummy. Never thought of penne and pumpkin together before. Hmmm. Will have to try this.

3 Julie B October 15, 2008 at 9:11 am

Thank you for sharing, will try this hopefully this weekend

4 Angela October 15, 2008 at 12:23 pm

That looks so good. I never know what to do with the pumpkins besides use them for decoration. I should try this.

5 Sheila Oxley October 20, 2008 at 9:26 am

Yummy! looks delicious!

6 eisbeckers October 23, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Very yummy. I used dried onions, which I don’t recommend. It seems like it needs another spice or flavor enhancer, like garlic. Also, I would love to try it with low-fat plain yogurt instead of the cream. Thanks so much for sharing!

7 Marjorie Jumisco November 27, 2008 at 10:31 am

Love penne pasta, adore pumpkin – thanks for posting regardless.

Happy Thanksgiving day.

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