Fall has come upon us, which means only one thing.. It's PUMPKIN TIME! I have never had pumpkin ravioli, but I heard that it's pretty amazing. After a long tiring Sunday of running errands around town, my tummy had the random craving to try this out. But of course I was lazy and thought, why not just make pumpkin sauce? And so I did... :-)
- 1 pound whole wheat linguine (or any pasta you prefer)
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 15-ounce can of pureed organic pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 Tablespoon red chili powder
- 2-3 cups chopped spinach
- 2 pinches ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch nutmeg
- Pepper to taste
- 7 leaves fresh sage, thinly sliced
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Flour for thickening
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it and add a little bit of olive oil. Then add the pasta and cook until al dente.
- Drain the pasta and rinse with cool water to prevent from drying out and sticking together.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Add the onions, garlic, and red chili powder until softened. Then add the chopped spinach.
- After the spinach starts to wilt and is cooked, stir in the vegetable broth, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
- After this simmers for a few minutes, add the cream.
- Lower the heat and let it simmer until it thickens to a desired consistency. (I had to whisk in about 1/3 cup of flour to thicken the sauce a bit.)
- Stir in the sage
- Serve the sauce over the linguine and top with shredded parmesan!
I didn't have any "hot pepper sauce" so I went the predictable "kuty" route and added red chili powder. I also added spinach to add some more veggies into the recipe (I had a bunch of spinach which I knew wouldn't be used over the next few days.)
I also didn't have fresh sage, so I stirred in dried sage while I was cooking the onions.
I'm sure this would taste even better with ravioli or tortellini! But I was in a slightly healthy mood and felt like slurping up pasta :-) I am also LOVING this whole wheat pasta. It tastes great and is super filling.
Warning: This definitely is a dish for those whole like a combo of sweet and spice. Many people don't like that hint of sweetness to dishes. This didn't come out too sweet, but I would suggest adding more red chili powder if the level of sweetness isn't to your liking.