Pumpkin Pasta & Pumpkin Chili

October may be over, but if you're like me, you still have a bunch of pumpkin left over! There is only so much pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread you can stand though, so I came up with 2 new SAVORY recipes involving pumpkin.

Pumpkin Pasta with Chicken, Bacon & Mushrooms

This dish is one of my new favorites! The sauce has a very slight sweetness while the bacon provides the perfect amount of salty smokiness. Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. pasta of choice
  • 4 slices center cut bacon
  • 1-1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups crimini mushrooms
  • 2 cups pumpkin soup (I used Imagine)
  • 4 wedges laughing cow light cheese (or similar melting cheese)
  • Seasoning to taste.

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to directions on box.
  2. In a large pan, fry bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, cook chicken breasts and season to taste. Remove from pan when they are no longer pink in the middle. Allow to rest a few minutes before slicing.
  4. Slice mushrooms and saute in remaining bacon drippings. When mushrooms are finished cooking, remove from pan and add pumpkin soup.
  5. Break up cheese wedges into soup and allow to melt. Season to taste and stir in pasta.
  6. Serve pasta topped with mushrooms, sliced chicken and crumbled bacon.

Nutritional Info (using 6 oz portions of chicken): 474 calories 6g fat, 53g carbs & 46g protein

Pumpkin Crock Pot Chili

Is there anything better on a brisk fall evening than a warm bowl of homemade chili? Serves 8.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz can black beans
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • Seasoning to taste

Directions

  1. In a large pan cook ground turkey and diced onion until meat is no longer pink and onion is slightly softened.
  2. Add turkey-onion mixture to crock pot along with remaining ingredients.
  3. Season to taste. I recommend salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and garlic.
  4. Cook on low for 4-8 hrs, stirring occasionally. 

Nutritional Info (based on 8 servings): 207 calories 1g fat, 28g carbs & 21g protein

I hope this proves that pumpkin doesn't HAVE to be sweet! Savory pumpkin recipes can be just as good, if not better. Give these recipes a try and enjoy pumpkin for any meal!

~Mandy