Pasta with pumpkin sauce

Dietician's Tip

Don't have pumpkin? You can use any winter squash instead.


  • 2 cups whole-wheat bow tie pasta
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes (or 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley)


Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, place a large skillet over medium to high heat. Add olive oil, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook about 10 minutes or until onion is soft.

Add broth, pumpkin, sage, salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer about 8 minutes.

When pasta is finished cooking, drain and add to pumpkin sauce. Stir to combine.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and parsley before serving.

Serving Information

Serves 4

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 197
Total carbohydrate: 29 g
Cholesterol: 4 mg
Dietary fiber: 5 g
Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
Protein: 9 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Serving size: About 2 cups
Sodium: 176 mg
Total fat: 5 g

DASH Eating Plan Servings

Fats and oils: 1
Grains and grain products: 1
Vegetables: 3

Diabetes Meal Plan Choices

Fats: 1
Nonstarchy vegetables: 3
Starches: 1

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings

Carbohydrates: 1
Fats: 1
Vegetables: 3

Last Updated Aug 21, 2015

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