Pumpkin + Pasta = Perfection!

As much as I love pumpkin spice scones, pumpkin cream cheese muffins and pumpkin pie, the fat fall squash is superb in savory dishes. I could eat quarts of its homemade bisque. But for a more toothsome Friday night meal,  I decided to try pumpkin in an alfredo-style sauce served over homemade fettucine. Most of the recipes I found seemed a little bland for my garlic addiction, so this is what I came up with. It is THE dish to eat while wearing comfy lounge pants, btw. Well, one of the dishes anyhow. I have several which rival one another for that coveted distinction. 

Caramelized Onion Pumpkin “Alfredo”  
*These are approximations* I don’t measure as I go unless I’m following a recipe. 

 1/4 cup chopped onions 

5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

Whole stick of butter

8 oz pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

2 pinches of nutmeg

1/4 tspn white pepper

Salt to taste

4 oz. whipped cream cheese

4 oz. milk

Melt half the stick of butter in a small pan on medium heat and add onions. Lower heat to low or med. low. Once onions are translucent add garlic. While these are caramelizing, melt other half of butter in a pot over medium heat. Add pumpkin, cream cheese, nutmeg, white pepper (and salt if desired). Reduce heat. Stir until smooth and then mix in onion-garlic mixture. Gradually stir in milk until desired consistency is reached and allow to heat a few more minutes while stirring. Serve over freshly cooked fettucine. Top with fresh basil, parmesan, or whatever you desire. 🙂 

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