This Smokey Pumpkin Penne Pasta is an easy and healthy weeknight meal that is packed with a ton of flavor but will be on the table in no time!
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Ooh my craziness! Two savory pumpkin recipes in one season? What is going on here!
Before this autumn, I honestly had never had a savory pumpkin dish. I had thought pumpkin only belonged in things like pies, muffins, cookies, and anti-christian holiday red cups… I kid!
Not, but really, I had no desire to ever try any sort of pumpkin recipe that didn’t include some sort of sweet note to it.
Until my wife and I made those insane Savory Pumpkin Quesadillas a couple weeks ago. My palate is completely grown up now!
The thing is, I had no idea you could do all this savory stuff with pumpkin. I did know it’s a super food, but I have a feeling that when you throw it in a pie, that changes a bit.
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When you get the book, this is just one of the delicious recipes you’ll find. This Penne Pasta is a spin on Amy & Natalie’s Smokey Pumpkin Mac & Cheese, and I am so in love with it. I’ve possibly eaten the leftovers for the last few days, and I’m not sick of it yet!
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- 3 cups whole wheat penne pasta, , dry
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup pure pumpkin, , canned
- 1 cup greek yogurt, , plain, lowfat
- 1 cup vegetable broth, , low-sodium
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 package, (7 oz) Smoked Gouda cheese
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, , shredded
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs, , plain
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 tsp , ground black pepper
- Cook pasta al dente, according to package directions.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Dice onion finely, and mince garlic.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat in a large sauce pan or dutch oven. Add onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes until the onion is translucent.
- Add the pumpkin puree and plain yogurt, stir until smooth, cooking for a minute.
- Turn the heat down to medium low. Pour in the broth and paprika, stir until smooth, cooking for 3-5 minutes.
- Shred both kinds of cheese, and keep separate.
- In a bowl, toss the flour and the Gouda cheese together. Then add in all of the Gouda cheese to the sauce. Reserve the 1/2 cup cheddar cheese for later. Stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add cooked pasta to sauce, tossing gently to combine. Spoon into a baking dish.
- Top the pasta with the remaining cheddar cheese, and breadcrumbs. Bake for 12-15 minutes and serve.
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