Friday, October 28, 2011

Fantastic Foodie Fridays~Pumpkin Pasta Surprise

Thought this would be a fun recipe for you to try especially seeing that pumpkins are so readily available right now.  I hope you will try this & maybe find a new family favorite!  


  • 1 13-oz pkg whole-grain pasta or brown rice pasta
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely shredded
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped into small chunks
  • 1 small zucchini, finely chopped (peel left on)
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 15 oz pumpkin purée
  • 1 10-oz jar pasta sauce
  • 1 tbsp low-fat plain cream cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions (undercook it slightly as it will continue to cook a bit in the sauce).
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, brown turkey for 7 to 10 minutes or until no pink remains. Drain any fat, return pan with turkey to stove and add onion and garlic. Sauté turkey mixture until onions are translucent. Add carrot, tomato and zucchini and sauté for about 3 to 5 minutes, until tender.
  3. Add red pepper, pumpkin purée and pasta sauce (if mixture is too thick, add a bit of water). Cover and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes, until zucchini is soft. Add cream cheese, then turn off heat and let cream cheese melt.
  4. Add pasta and mix, cover and let stand for 2 minutes. Enjoy!

Nutrients per 1-cup serving: Calories: 402, Total Fat: 3.5 g, Sat. Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 62 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugars: 7 g, Protein: 25 g, Sodium: 72 mg, Cholesterol: 38 mg

By Theresa Cochran | Photo: Gibson & Smith Posted on November 17, 2010

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