09 April 2012

Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo

Pumpkin Alfredo

I love spring, I do.  I love it enough to look past the bugs, random downpours, and face-melting heat and instead focus on the big picture: the PRODUCE!  

I still, however, have a stocked pantry with some not-so-spring-y essentials, and darlings, I'm not parting with pumpkin anytime soon.  This one-pot-wonder is quick, easy, and can be whipped up without dirtying a ton of measuring spoons and bowls.  After making this for lunch and dinner today I knew I had to add it to ze blog.  

creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce with spinach
Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo 

What's in it?
organic canned pumpkin
homemade or store bought alfredo sauce
freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, and garlic powder
fresh spinach
pasta

Get Cooking!
Boil your pasta as per usual, drain, and return to pot.  Add a handful or two of fresh spinach, equal parts pumpkin and alfredo sauce, and a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and garlic powder and return to the burner on low heat.  Keep stirring while the spinach wilts and give the sauce a few minutes to get nice and hot.  Taste, adjust seasoning and sauces to match your taste buds "happy place" and top with a sprinkle of sharp n' savory parmesan cheese.

creamy pumpkin alfredo sauce with spinach

So... How was it?
This cheesy, pumpkin-y pasta was the perfect way to curb the craving!  Normally when I'm aching for pumpkin, I toss a can into a batch of chocolate chip muffins, but I was determined to stick with savory eats today.  Mission accomplished =)

Have you guys tried pumpkin with spinach before? 
 It was a last minute addition and I'm absolutely loving the combo!

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43 comments:

  1. OMG ... I LOVE pumpkin!  Totally making this :)

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  2. Ooo yum... And so easy! Must try this!

    Joyce @
    Sip-n-wear@gmail.com

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  3. YUM! I've had a can of pumpkin in my pantry just waiting to be used! And I bet the man-friend would eat this. I can sneak in some veggies ;)

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  4. I love pumpkin!! And pasta :) I def have to try this out!!

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  5. i make a pumpkin alfredo sauce... i call it pumpfredo! this is pretty similar to my version. :) love it!

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  6. Sprint2theTableMonday, April 09, 2012

    I ove pumpkin with ANYTHING.  Of course I've tried it with spinach... in my smoothies. :)

    Past next time though! :)

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  7. I'm with you on the pumpkin! I still have 3 cans and nothing is going to stop me from enjoying them! I eat pumpkin year round :) 

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  8. It was good, very good, now I want to make some pasta with pumpkin and spinach... 

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  9. I'll bet this was delicious.  I haven't tried it with pumpkin but I make a similar dish with roasted butternut squash and it sounds like it would have a similar flavor.  Yum!

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  10. Looks and sounds absolutely delicious! I've never tried that combo before, but definitely have to try it now :) 

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  11. Great pasta, very unique with spinach in it. I think my hubby would love this one. I've  never tried pumpkin in a pasta yet. Very cool idea.

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  12. I was just looking at the 4 cans of pumpkin till in my cabinet.  Hoarder side wants to save them for a just in case moment next fall but my pumpkin lover side screams use me now. This looks delicious.  Throw some asparagus on the side and call it a spring dish.

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  13. I saw this on Pinterest last night and didn't realize it was from your blog Jenn! I should have known though, it looks glorious like everything else you make :)

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  14. I've never had pumpkin in anything savory but it sounds like it has to be delicious!! What a great combo and relatively healthy too!! I'm glad you shared it :)

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  15. Yay!!!! Hope you had a great Easter girly!

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  16. Mmm, that looks so good - I've never had pumpkin pasta must try!

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  17. As soon as I saw the title I knew that I will love it! What a great looking pasta..yummy!!!!

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  18. i love pumpkin.  i love alfredo.  together?  even better!

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  19. This looks delishhhhhh. I'll have pumpkin whenever; don't care what the weather's like! 

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  20. You're a genius! High five on the love you have for pumpkin, pumpkin:) 

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  21. Holy crap, that looks awesome. I think I have to try GF for a while (boo!), and this looks like a great way to disguise the taste (and texture?) of GF pasta.

    Also, btw, we went nuts making wonton mini quiches over the weekend, and they were sooooo goooood! (I know, not GF, but I am totally resisting!) :-)

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  22. I love the idea of using pumpkin to make a creamy sauce like alfredo more interesting! Thanks love!

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  23. Hello baby - this looks freakin' delicious! I was planning to do omlets for dinner tonight, but my mind might be changed :) I love pumpkin year round and always keep some on hand because it's great if your pets ever suffer from any 'gastro' issues. My dogs <3 pumpkin as much as I do!

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  24. yum! I'll never part with pumpkin :) I'll be making pumpkin squares in the middle of july! Your pasta look sooo good! I loveee creamy pastas! I've never made it with pumpkin though, definitely need to try now!

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  25. I'll eat pumpkin any time of year.  Looks like you put a nice Spring twist on it though.  :)

    Christina
    http://www.becauseofmadalene.com/

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  26. Mmm pumpkin in the spring, I like it! I have so much left over that I bought in the fall when I worried about it not being in stock.

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  27. I wish I could get my husband's cat to eat some! She always has tummy troubles =/

    Toootally make this sometime girl -- I need a recipe tester without the hubs around! <3 xoxo

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  28. Anna @Crunchy Creamy SweetTuesday, April 10, 2012

    Alfredo will always call my name :) I love this dish, Jenn! I always add spinach to pasta. YUM!

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  29. Meg @ A Dash of MegTuesday, April 10, 2012

    Oh my goodness, girl! LOOKS FAB! XO

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  30. I love this!  Pumpkin in a pasta sauce is so delicious and creamy, and yours looks amazing! 

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  31. This looks so yummy!!! 

    xoxo
    Jessica
    http://ajgardner1013.blogspot.com/ 

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  32. I am heading out to get canned pumpkin...I wanted the organic kind too. Looks really creamy!

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  33. This is totally being added to my to try list as I type! Pumpkin never goes outta season at my house ;) Yummmmmmy!

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  34. I'm convinced the organic has more antioxidants =) at least when I did my apple lab study in college THEY did... so maybe all fruit and veggies do? =) Let me know if you try it! xoxoo

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  35. This is genius!! I'm making this tomorrow for dinner!

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  36. Yay!!! Thank you! -- Let me know what you think! =)

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  37. Thanks Amy!!! Hope you're having a fabulous week!!!! =)

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  38. pasta without spinach is just plain boring eh? =)

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  39. ummmm I love you! Thanks so much girly!

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  40. Really!? Sah-weet!!! Let me know if you guys make it! xoxo

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  41. pinning, this looks delicious. 

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