October is almost over, and pumpkin anything is on the collective mind of autumnal enthusiasts: Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pasta sauce.
Yes, that's correct. Pumpkin pasta sauce is all the rage — or at least it will be when you offer this delectable recipe to family and friends. Pureed pumpkin adds a subtle sweetness to pastas and a festive, unexpected warmth to those lucky enough to partake of it.
Pumpkins are members of the Cucurbitaceae food family and, as such, are squashes. They are crazy-high in vitamin A, low in calories — 30 per cup — and contain zero cholesterol. Not only are they rich in carotenoids and a good source of fiber, they have more potassium per cup (564 milligrams) than a banana (422 milligrams). Moreover, they are orange — and what's not to love about that?
Pumpkins are readily available in Wichita-area grocery stores and at local church sales. Or take a trip to one of the area's pumpkin patches for a memorable time with your family. Here's a sampling:
- Applejack Pumpkin Patch
10007 S.W. Indianola Rd. —Augusta
- Bergmann's Corn Maze
8401 S. Meridian — Haysville
- Cox Farm
6059 S. Seneca — Wichita
- Mr. Gourdman's Pumpkin Patch
3750 S. Dusty Rd. — Derby
- Klausmeyer Dairy Farm Tours and Pumpkin Patch
8135 south 119 St. W. — Clearwater
- Walters' Pumpkin Patch
10001 NW U.S. Highway 77 — Burns
Typical Italian marinara and tomato sauces are tomato-based, but this recipe trades tried-and-true tomatoes in for sweet, healthy pumpkin. Give it a try and you just may have a new favorite pasta meal.
Pumpkin pasta sauce
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup vegetable broth
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup skim milk
¼ teaspoon sage
Salt and pepper, to taste
4–5 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1. Heat the olive oil in a large sauce pot over medium heat; add the onion and garlic. Cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
2. Add the pumpkin, broth, yogurt, milk, spices, salt and pepper; reduce heat to medium-low and continue to stir occasionally.
3. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and allow to cook an additional 3-5 minutes until slightly thickened. Serve over pasta or spaghetti squash, alongside garlic bread and a tossed salad.
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