While it's best known as a pie filling, there's a place for pumpkin in savory dishes, too. Here, rigatoni shares a bowl with a satisfying sauce made from pumpkin, bacon, cream, and sage.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Put bacon into a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until bacon is almost crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels; let drain.

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  • Add onion to skillet with bacon grease. Cook, stirring, until soft, 12 to 15 minutes. Add pumpkin, sage, 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the allspice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add stock and cream; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until pumpkin is soft and sauce has thickened slightly, about 25 minutes. Season with pepper.

  • Meanwhile, add pasta to boiling water, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and add to skillet. Add the bacon and Parmesan, and toss to combine. Divide among bowls. Serve with Parmesan on the side, and garnish with pepitas.

Reviews (5)

6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2012
This is a good recipe, not amazing. The next time i made it, I took some elements of this recipe and made it with the "pumpkin pasta" recipe and was great. Love the bacon with the honey roasted pumpkin combo and pecans worked too instead of pumpkin seeds.
Rating: Unrated
01/03/2009
I made this with banana squash and it was divine. Banana squash is easy to peel with a potato peeler - added bonus!
Rating: Unrated
01/03/2009
I made this with banana squash and it was divine. Banana squash is easy to peel with a potato peeler - added bonus!
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Rating: Unrated
09/30/2008
I made this dish last fall and it was absolutely delicious.....Is there anyway to make peeling the pumpkin easier though?
Rating: Unrated
09/30/2008
I made this dish last fall and it was absolutely delicious.....Is there anyway to make peeling the pumpkin easier though?