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Pumpkin Love! Tortellini With Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on September 20, 2012 ][ In For new Mom's, Pasta ]

See, even my cat loves pumpkins!

 

We all need a repertoire of easy recipes that are crowd pleasers for those days when we have no time to cook or are simply tired.  This pasta dish certainly fits the bill but don’t let the pumpkin stop you.  I love pumpkins but I realize not everyone has embraced them the way I do.  My father did not like pumpkin in any form.  He grew up in a large family and his father died when he was about three.  One winter, his family didn’t always have enough to eat but for some reason, they had a bumper crop of pumpkins.  As you can imagine, my father grew sick of eating pumpkin but at least it was nutritious.

 

I use pumpkins in smoothies (see my recipe under snacks and appetizers), make pumpkin bread, cookies, pancakes and bars, and it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a pumpkin pie as I’m sure my regular readers remember.  Pumpkin is low in calories, rich in fiber and anti-oxidants, especially vitamin A.  Pumpkins actually contain 245% of your recommended daily allowance of good old vitamin A!  The seeds, also known as pepitas, are high in fiber and protein but have no cholesterol.  Low in fat, the seeds are great sprinkled on salads, eaten as snacks and used in a variety of other recipes.  If you want to cook your own pumpkin to use in recipes, make sure you get a pie pumpkin but canned pumpkin is just fine for any recipe you have.  What’s not to love?

 

Back to the recipe of the day.  I came across this recipe in the latest issue of Food Network magazine and just had to try it.  (Aren’t you glad I vet recipes for you?)  I whipped this up in less than 30 minutes the other day and my daughter and I loved it.  No one else was home as my husband was out of town and my son is now at college but I know they would like it too.  You could use this as a side dish to most any meat as well as a main dish.  Yes, it does call for heavy cream which has about 800 calories in one cup.  You can substitute half and half (about 315 calories) or a combination of skim milk and heavy cream to save fat and calories.  I do this regularly.)

 

 

Tortellini With Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

2   9 oz. packages of cheese tortellini

1 small shallot, chopped

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

pinch of nutmeg

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, plus more to garnish

pepper to taste

parsley to garnish

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook tortellini according to package directions.  Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water, drain pasta.  Heat oil in pasta pot and cook shallot until slightly soft, about 2 minutes.  Add pumpkin and nutmeg, cook and stir 1 minute.  Add cream and bring to a low boil.  Simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.  Stir in cheese and pasta, adding water if necessary to thin.  Sprinkle with pepper and parsley.  Serve immediately.

 

I served this with a side of frozen asparagus that was simply dressed with Brummel and Brown spread, salt and pepper.  This is comfort food at it’s finest and for those of you who think, “Pumpkin? Yuk!”, the pumpkin taste is subtle and I bet you wouldn’t be able to guess the ingredient.  However it ups the nutritional value and you could get it by your kids if they reject vegetables.

Upadated on September 20, 2012


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