Pumpkin Penne

I don’t think pumpkin gets much better than this.




I have been craving all things pumpkin lately. Pumpkin spice lattes. Pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin ice cream. Pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin oatmeal. Pumpkin Swirl Bread. Pumpkin gelato.


When Heather made Baked Pumpkin Penne, I was intrigued. It wasn’t a recipe that immediately sounded A-maaaaa-zing to me. After BFF Debbie made it, and told me that it tasted similar to my beloved Pumpkin Ravioli I tried while visiting her in Princeton, NJ last year, I knew that I must give it a try.


From November 20, 2009, and I quote: “That was the best food decision of my life.” And it was.



I won’t lie, combining pumpkin and cheese in a bowl sounded a wee bit odd to me.




The final product. Heaven.




I was so happy with the results!


It made a TON! I literally was eating pumpkin penne leftovers every day until they went bad. I can’t imagine what the entire recipe would have produced; I only made one-third of her original recipe!




On the side, I made a spring mix salad with sliced apples, dried cranberries, and pomegranate raspberry dressing. It was the perfect sweet complement.




This recipe is definitely a keeper. 🙂


Which pumpkin recipes have you tried and loved?


❤ MegaNerd


21 Responses

  1. Mmm, that sounds amazing! Definitely going to try it. My favorite pumpkin recipe to date is pumpkin bisque OR pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. YUMMY!

  2. Yummm..i want this again!!

  3. I haven’t gotten super creative, but I LOVE pumpkin pie smoothies! And I added pumpkin to Anne. P’s banana muffin recipe and it was great!!

  4. Pasta Cheese Pumpkin = sounds awesome. Will have to taste test it for myself. Recently tried a pumpkin Parmesan sauce that was fabulous.

  5. Pumpkin risotto. DELICIOUS. I think that should be the next venture in your kitchen.

  6. Here is a family “must have” at Thanksgiving. I could eat a whole one myself.


  7. oh my – that DOES look tasty!

  8. I have never even had pumpkin and for some reason, this sound so amazing 🙂

  9. that looks incredible! Not a combo I would think of myself but once I see it it makes perfect sense! I love putting pumpkin in everything this time of year.

  10. That actually sounds REALLY good to me. A few years ago when I was an event planner the bride wanted pumpkin ravioli with cream sauce, and it actually worked really well. Pumpkin/cheese/cream actually make sense together.

  11. Rachel Ray makes something like this and I’ve always wanted to try it. Looks outstanding!

  12. That looks great, it does sound odd to combine pumpkin and cheese, but it looks delish!!! : )

  13. can you post the recipe you used to make it with the measurements for one third of recipe?? thanks!! i was just at triumph the other night!!

  14. That. looks. amazing. I have seen quite a few pumpkin recipes but nothing like this, you are on to something there!!

  15. I tried pumpkin pasta bake from Heather at Wheres the Beach- silken tofu, pumpkin puree, sundried tomatoes and spinach all blended, then baked with pasta (pre cook the pasta)- it is amazing!
    I also love the pumpkin gingerbread from Angela at Oh She Glows- (I made it with egg coz I am not vegan)- it is amazing!

  16. I am super jealous of your access to canned pumpkin, lol. And I had to share that I used to always mix it with cheese (something else I miss…). Savory pumpkin oats with mozarella is amazing, though that pasta REALLY looks incredible.

  17. Megan, what recipe proportions did you use for 1/3 the original recipe? Did you just cut everything in thirds? It looks delicious and I want to try it, but I have had bad luck in the past when I have tried to reduce servings on a recipe. Thanks!

  18. Oh yes, I have a gigantic family. Glad it worked in smaller ratios.

  19. Pumpkin mac & cheese – ohh yes!

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