Friday, October 2, 2009

Homemade Goodness "Pumpkin Pasta"

I was a little sketchy with this one but I was soooo wrong! It is so super yummy and I swear you could pass it off with your little ones as mac n cheese. Its super rich and yummy! Please say you will try this one. Again I would recommend making your own puree. I find that the canned pumpkin is too sweet for a recipe like this one.

Pumpkin Pasta

2 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
2/3 cups-2 cups of pumpkin puree . Try Golden Nugget or Golden Hubbard with this one. Super thick, creamy and tasty. Above picture is the Golden Nugget and is my favorite. Use what you like.
1 cup of broth. (your choice...I used vegetable broth)
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of sour cream
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp sage (optional..I don't have any and ours turned out fine)
1/4 cup of cheese of your choice. (suggest a harder cheese like Parmesan or something)
1 lb of whole wheat pasta
Optional: Sausage or any kind

Start by getting your pasta going in hot water with a pinch of salt. Then put olive oil and garlic into a sauce pan and saute on medium heat. If you added meat, this is where you would add it. Let it brown up with the garlic. Pour in broth, milk, sour cream, pumpkin and seasonings. Simmer for 10 minutes. Pasta should be done by now so just turn it off. Instead of draining all the water out, simply use a spoon and take out the pasta one scoop at a time into the sauce. Sauce tends to be thick and the little bit of water that didn't drain out will help the sauce to be perfect. Once all pasta is into sauce, simply stir and serve.

Side Note: The Golden Nugget is actually a squash but looks like a pumpkin. Try out many pumpkins and squash to see which you like. Once you do, you will know which pumpkin/squash works best with each recipe. This Golden Nugget is super thick and creamy and you will not need to add any extra butter or anything. Once baked for 1 hr at 350 degree's, you will be able to take a large spoon and just spoon it out. No mashing required. . This place is at Sauvie Island and has over a dozen varieties of pumpkin/squash for only 45 cents per lb. Plus they are organic! If you find a better deal somewhere else, snatch it up!

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