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.
- 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.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to directions on box.
- In a large pan, fry bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside.
- 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.
- Slice mushrooms and saute in remaining bacon drippings. When mushrooms are finished cooking, remove from pan and add pumpkin soup.
- Break up cheese wedges into soup and allow to melt. Season to taste and stir in pasta.
- 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.
- 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
- In a large pan cook ground turkey and diced onion until meat is no longer pink and onion is slightly softened.
- Add turkey-onion mixture to crock pot along with remaining ingredients.
- Season to taste. I recommend salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and garlic.
- 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!