De Ma Cuisine



November 2011



Pumpkin Pasta

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Holiday, Kid-Friendly, Lunch, Main Dishes, Pasta, Quick and Easy, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Do you want to do something with the extra pumpkin filling you didn’t use in your Pumpkin Pie? One option is to make another pie. Or, you could make some pumpkin pasta for dinner on Friday night. If you didn’t have Pumpkin Pie, but have some winter squash that needs a delicious use: roast it, scoop it out, puree it (freeze it, if you’re not ready to use it yet)… then you’re ready to cook!

Ooh, another yummy way to use leftover pumpkin is on grilled cheese. Not kidding. Take a little pureed pumpkin (about 2 T per sandwich) and spread it on a slice of bread. Top with cheese, close the sandwich, and butter (or olive oil) the outside of the slices and grill until cheese is melted and bread is toasty (I’m sure you know how to make grilled cheese, so all that was probably totally unnecessary).

For more ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers, check in on Friday. Until then, enjoy your loved ones, the turkey, potatoes, gravy… I don’t need to list the whole meal, mostly because it’s making me hungry, and you know what it entails. Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! And for those of you in non-Thanksgiving places, happy tomorrow’s Thursday to you!

Here’s the pasta. It’s basically like Mac and Cheese meets Pumpkin.

Happy Eating!


Pumpkin Pasta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2-4


  • pasta (rice, whole wheat, or regular - spaghetti, rotini, penne)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 C (or more) milk
  • 1/2 C stock (or water, or milk)
  • 1 C pumpkin, pureed
  • pinch cumin
  • pinch all spice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 C sharp cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you like), grated
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 C pasta water
  • 1/2 T balsamic vinegar


  1. Cook pasta (reserve 1/2 C pasta water before draining pasta).
  2. Heat oil in pan, add flour. Whisk together and cook 30-60 seconds. Add milk and stock slowly, whisking as you do. Once it's getting thick, add pumpkin and seasonings. Bring almost to a boil (try not to let it boil - the sauce may break) and turn heat off. Add cheese, whisking; add pasta water and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Serve topped with any, all or none: homemade croutons (toasted slices of bread seasoned with olive oil, chili powder, salt and pepper), caramelized onions, parmesan, bacon. Great on it's own, or as a side with chicken or beef or leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

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