Pasta = a blank slate. That’s what I love about it! You can dress it up, or dress it down with all kinds of seasonal ingredients. This summer, I tried out pasta with a fresh avocado sauce and it was spectacular! It boosted my bravery. Now that we’re heading deeper into fall, I decided to dig out one of the pumpkin pasta recipes I’ve been hoarding on Pinterest. Time to launch, As Seen on Pinterest: version 3.0!
As a huge pumpkin fanatic, I had no doubt this recipe from Bake Your Day would be a winner, but so far I haven’t had a recipe earn the highest notch on my (definitely) non-scientific scale. If this is your first introduction to my fun little culinary game, here’s the low-down: These reviews are based on my first attempt at making the recipe. I award 1-5 Pinterest Points (5 being the best and 1 meaning it was a disaster) based mostly on final taste and how closely it compares to the original. Let’s get boiling, shall we?!
Remember: these are just my opinions and experiences. You should always try the recipes for yourself!
My stockpile of pumpkin had dwindled down to one can before I made this dinner tonight. I had been saving it for this very recipe, so I was super excited to have a free evening where I could just enjoy a glass of wine while I chopped away at all the fresh garlic and sage. (By the way, I think I’m falling in love with sage as much as I love pumpkin!)
The beauty of it is, this is one of those recipes you can’t really mess up. Make sure you don’t burn the garlic, and the rest of the sauce just kind of whips together in the time it takes to boil your pasta.
The recipe calls for olive oil, and I used a special garlic and mushroom infused oil I bought in a specialty shop. It works wonders for pasta and pizza. I also love making pasta sauces out of freshly grated parmesan. (Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook has a great Lemon Parmesan Pasta!) The cheese has a bite to it, but it melted into the pumpkin really well. To amp up the savory factor, I might even consider adding some sausage to the dish next time. I’m sure there would be no complaints from my husband!
Verdict time! Overall, I don’t really have anything bad to say about this recipe. Even my husband cleaned his plate, and he’s not the biggest pumpkin fan. If you like the savory side of pumpkin, I would definitely recommend giving it a try. That said, I wish the pumpkin flavor would have come out a teensy bit more. I can’t really blame the recipe though, it could have been the store-brand can of pumpkin I used. So much for trying to save a few cents, I think I’ll splurge on the more expensive stuff next time.
This Pinterest Pumpkin Pasta with Parmesan & Sage gets 4 out of 5 Pinterest Points. Cheers for the amazing combination of flavors. Boos for the bland brand of pumpkin I used!