Spicy Pumpkin Sage Pasta

Spicy Pumpkin Sage Pasta
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: American
  • 1 4-5 lb sugar baby pumpkin (or 2-3 cans pumpkin puree). Cut pumpkin in half and clean and remove seeds and insides.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp sage, minced
  • ⅓ cup dry white whine
  • 1½ - 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 pound silken tofu (optional, but a great way to add more protein)
  • ¼ sour cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of salted boiling water to a boil. Cook pasta according to directions and continue with the remaining recipe instructions. Save some pasta water to thin out sauce later in the recipe.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Place pumpkin cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until thick skin is fork tender. Set aside and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.
  3. While pumpkin bakes, heat olive oil in a medium pot over medium high heat. Add in onion, garlic, red pepper, thyme, sage, salt and pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are starting to get soft and just slightly golden.
  4. Deglaze the plan with the white wine. Cook vegetable mixture for another 2-3 minutes or until wine reduces slightly.
  5. Once pumpkin has cooled, scoop out the flesh and add into the pot with the onions and herbs. Add in the silken tofu if using and some of the stock. Add stock slowly, mashing and stirring the pumpkin as you go. Use an immersion blender or food processor and blend/process pumpkin mixture until smooth. Add more stock if you need to thin out sauce or until you reach the desired consistency.
  6. Lastly, stir in the sour cream and butter. Taste and adjust for seasonings.
  7. Pour enough sauce to coat pasta - you may need additional pasta water or stock to thin it out to your desired consistency. Serve with parmesan cheese shavings and extra red pepper if desired!