This creamy, roasted pumpkin pasta is as easy, nourishing, and wholesome as it gets! If you’re looking for a way to use seasonal pumpkins at its best, look no further, because this pasta is equal parts good and healthy.
As a food lover, do you ever find yourself wishing that a particular vegetable or fruit season lasted longer than it actually does? Of course, we've all experienced being so busy that a whole season almost slips by before we realise there are still so many seasonal ingredients to try. That describes this past autumn for us; it was so busy that we almost missed pumpkin season. But thankfully, at the very last minute, we realised we had one last chance to enjoy pumpkin recipes and made good use of the perfect pumpkins.
"Autumn leaves and pumpkins, please..."
Is this recipe similar to pumpkin soup?
Indeed, it's similar to pumpkin soup, but even better! Given how much this pumpkin pasta resembles pumpkin soup, that might already be a good sign of whether you and your family will enjoy this recipe. It's probably safe to say that if you like pumpkin soup, you'll probably like this one as well. So, imagine the creaminess of pumpkin paired with pasta, the ultimate comfort food, and voilà!
Is the recipe suitable for meal prep?
Yes, yes and yes! Even after 4 days in the fridge, this recipe is an absolute stunner. The reason this recipe worked great for meal prep is because we had plenty of pumpkin sauce; so, even after being packed in airtight containers overnight, the pasta was still full of sauce. And while it is best to serve this pasta right away after cooking, it can also be kept for up to 4 days in the fridge when stored in airtight containers.
Given that pumpkin and carrots can be quite filling, it may be important to note that the pumpkin pasta is heavier than the typical pasta dish. So, don't be surprised if you eat this recipe for lunch or dinner and feel full right away. We didn't mind this at all because the meal left us with a satisfying fullness rather than still feeling hungry and uneasy.
Is this recipe vegan?
This recipe is vegetarian and can easily be veganised by swapping out cream cheese, parmesan, and food cream with vegan cheeses and vegan heavy cream. We didn't mind that the dish was vegetarian, and given how straightforward the recipe is (only 10 ingredients), we're sure that it can be easily modified to suit any dietary preferences.
Ready to give your pasta a not-so-conventional twist? Top it with pomegranate seeds to give the pasta a sweet and crunchy finish. That’s exciting and can even give your quick meal prep lunch or dinner the feeling of a gourmet meal.
Couple of Expats creamy roasted pumpkin pasta in a nutshell:
Weekday lunch or dinner inspiration in under 45 minutes.
Seasonal dish ideal for autumn.
Vegetarian meal prep recipe.