Pumpkin pasta is a dish anyone can eat (unless you are allergic to pumpkin!). You can make it gluten free or grain free, however you like it.
I love that it’s one more way to add broth to a meal…and the kids won’t even know it.
The grain free version uses spaghetti squash as the “pasta.” So you have to prepare that in advance. A simple solution is to roast, scoop and freeze a bunch in the fall when squash is in season. Then you’ve got precooked pasta ready whenever you need it. You can also roast it in the morning or the night before if you are making it fresh.
The gluten free version can be made using any variety of gluten free noodles – corn, rice, bean, etc. You can even cook these in advance and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to make dinner.
Once you have your noodles add broth, pumpkin and spices. Then dinner is ready in about ten minutes.
Pair this pasta with a green vegetable or a salad and bread. It makes a filling, nourishing dinner that the whole family will love.
If you don’t like or don’t tolerate pumpkin you can substitute pureed squash. Butternut or buttercup work best. The squash will give it a slightly sweeter flavor.
- 2 cups gluten free noodles, cooked OR 2 cups roasted/scooped spaghetti squash (or a combination)
- 1 cup chicken broth (or turkey broth)
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin (or squash)
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter
- 1 tsp. unrefined sea salt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp. cane sugar or coconut sugar (optional)
- In a large saucepan combine all of the ingredients.
- Simmer until the broth reduces and the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
- Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Top with cheese if desired.
- The spaghetti squash will not absorb liquid like the pasta, so it will take a few more minutes to thicken than pasta.
- You can add coconut oil or butter to individual servings to increase the healthy fat content.
- If your child has problems with spice in their food start with just a small amount of cinnamon and add more if tolerated.
- The sugar will help balance the spice. Add extra sugar if the cinnamon is too strong.
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