Double Pumpkin Pasta Sauce by Chef Kelly Unger


From Chef Kelly Unger, The Rooster & The Carrot

I love using pumpkin in savory recipes as much as sweet. I created this Double Pumpkin Pasta Sauce recipe for LoRe Pasta and the Doylestown Farmers Market. I wanted to show you how versatile pumpkin can be and give you a delicious yet easy recipe using farmers market ingredients. Every great dish starts with the best ingredients and our local farmers and producers give us those ingredients. This recipe demonstrates that good food doesn't have to be complicated.


Serves 4

  • 2 cups diced pumpkin
  • 1 ½  cups approx. pureed pumpkin
  • 1 bunch rainbow Swiss Chard, stems diced and leaves chiffonade
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Approx. ½ cup broth or milk
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil for sauteeing
  • Shredded cheese to taste
  • 1 bag LoRe fresh pasta of choice

Start a large pot of salted water to boil.  Add diced pumpkin to boiling water and cook for 3-5 minutes until just fork tender. Scoop out with slotted spoon and reserve on a plate. Reduce pot of water to a simmer until you are ready to cook the pasta. In a large saute pan, add olive oil and onions and cook until slightly browned over medium high heat. Add Swiss Chard. Using a large spoon, stir chard and onions so that the chard touches the bottom of the pan. When chard is wilted, clear a 2” spot in the pan, add a little more olive oil (a teaspoon or so) and add the garlic. Let it saute undisturbed for about 1 minute then stir it into the whole mixture. Add pumpkin puree and cooked, diced pumpkin and heat through, stirring to combine. Add salt to taste. Reduce to low and cover. Bring simmering pot of water back up to a boil. Add one large handful of fresh pasta and stir. Allow 30 seconds for water to recover – to come back up to a full boil. Add the remaining pasta and stir. Cook for 2 to 5 minutes until al dente, stirring occasionally so pasta doesn’t clump or stick together. Drain pasta, immediately return to large pot and immediately pour hot sauce over pasta. Stir to incorporate. Stir in cheese now or add on plate. Enjoy!



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