January 6, 2014

pumpkin pasta with bacon

Pumpkin Pasta with Bacon

by Kristin King — Categories: entree — Tags: , , , 14 Comments


pumpkin pasta with bacon


Boys love bacon.  It’s a fact.  At least in my family!  I love bacon too, but not in the way they love it.  They love it in that Homer Simpson kind of way, drooling and lolling at it…mmmmmm, bacon….  And, I have to admit, bacon is the ingredient in this recipe that makes it go from good to YUM!

I actually initially made this dish as Pumpkin Pasta…without the bacon!  I wanted to create a dinner that contained the nutritional goodness of pumpkin yet also took advantage of Thing 2′s attraction to pasta.  The first time I made it, however, it was kind of plain.  The family liked it, but they didn’t love it.  So I set myself to the task of figuring out how to rev it up a bit.  It needed more texture as well as a punch of flavor.  I mulled over the problem for a few days, when suddenly, while driving some kid to some activity, it hit me.  BACON! 

I love how creamy and pumpkin-y this dish turns out.  The sage is a perfect compliment to the buttery sweetness of the pumpkin.  And the bacon really provides a shot of flavor and texture to round out the experience.  The other great thing about this dish is that it is very filling!  All that fiber from the pumpkin and the whole grain pasta will fill your tummy and keep you content for hours!  :-)

I have started baking my bacon instead of cooking it in a skillet, and the directions below include that step.  You certainly could cook it on the stove top instead, or even microwave it.  You can even buy pre-cooked bacon to use if you want to make this super-easy! 

Another variation might be to use ham instead of bacon.  I haven’t tried that, but it sounds like it would be just as delicious!

Thing 2 rating = 3.5 out of 5 Pizza (3.5 slices of pizza out of 5).  We usually use a biscuit scale, but for some reason I can’t find the graphic for 3.5 biscuits!  I had this one from an old post, though!


4.5 from 2 reviews

Pumpkin Pasta with Bacon
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Macaroni with a creamy pumpkin sauce and tasty chunks of bacon make this dish a filling and delicious family hit!
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 1 (12 ounce) package whole grain macaroni
  • 8 slices center cut bacon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • ¾ cup fat-free half & half creamer
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground sage
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce, or to taste (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. While oven is heating, heat water to boiling to cook the pasta. Cook according to package directions until pasta is al dente.
  3. Place the bacon on a baking sheet (cover with foil first, for easy clean-up) and bake in the oven about 15 minutes, until crispy.
  4. While the pasta and bacon are cooking, make the pumpkin sauce.
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high, then add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the chicken broth, pumpkin, and creamer. Add in the parmesan cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, sage, salt, and pepper and mix until well combined.
  7. Simmer about 5 minutes.
  8. When the pasta is done, drain and place back in the pot, covering to keep war.
  9. When the bacon is done, carefully break it into pieces.
  10. Combine pasta, bacon, and pumpkin sauce. Add optional sriracha sauce, if desired.
Nutrition information is approximate. Your results may be different due to different brands/products and measuring differences
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ of recipe Calories: 338 Fat: 8 Carbohydrates: 58 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 478 Protein: 14


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  1. Bacon does make everything better!
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  2. Kristin, what a unique and wonderful dish – and of course, bacon just takes it completely over the top! Thanks for sharing and pinned! Have a happy Tuesday!
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  3. This pasta sounds so good and so hearty!! Pinning! :)
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  4. Sarah Fuller says:

    This is a yummy looking combo that I would have never thought of. Thanks so much for sharing!
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  5. I’m in that minority that isn’t a huge fan of bacon. I like it, but if it isn’t there, I generally won’t miss it.
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  6. I like pasta, bacon and pumpkins. I’m saving this recepy for later on. Thank you for sharing. It looks absolutely yummylicious!
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  7. Camila says:

    Yummmmmm!!!! I could totally have this for dinner!!! =D Pinning!!!

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  8. […] and crumbled it up to mix it in with the mac & cheese. As Kristin from Dizzy, Busy, and Hungry recently mentioned, us guys tend to like adding bacon to stuff. Witness the existence of bacon milk-shakes and bacon […]

  9. Hi Kristin! I found you through the ‘Turn it up Tuesday’ blog hop :) This recipe looks and sounds wonderful – I’ve pinned it onto my ‘food’ board on Pinterest. We love both bacon and pumpkin at our place, so I’m definitely going to have to give it a try. I like the combination of herbs and spices you’re used – the cinnamon, nutmeg and sage together would be amazing!
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  10. Found this recipe through the Tasty Tuesday Link Up – it caught my eye! I’ve never thought to combine pumpkin with bacon and pasta before. Wow. It sounds delicious. I’m going to pin it to try later.
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  11. This looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it myself! I added bacon to a wheat pasta & brussels sprouts dish last night since bacon really does make everything better :)

    - Meg @ http://www.whynotandnotwhy.blogspot.com

  12. This sounds interesting and delicous! Can’t go wrong with bacon! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope to see you back next Thursday.
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