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Recipe 12.2: Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

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Adapted from Rachael Ray

This is a great recipe for fall! It is warm, hearty, and creamy. It is also an incredibly quick meal: it takes just as long as it takes the pasta to cook. You can’t argue with that now, can you?!


1 lb. whole wheat penne

2 tbs. butter

1 onion, chopped

salt and pepper, to taste

1 tsp. crushed red pepper

One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chopped parsley


In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain, and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.

While pasta cooks, melt butter in a large saucepan, over medium-low heat. Add onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and cream and bring to a boil. Add pasta to the pan, and add reserved pasta water (just add a bit at a time, until it reaches a good consistency – not too thick, but definitely not watery! I think I ended up adding less than a 1/4 cup). Toss and stir in parmesan; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serve in bowls and top with parsley and more parmesan, if desired.