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Pumpkin Carbonara

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Carbonara is a sauce made from bacon, eggs and cream. In this pumpkin carbonara, the creaminess comes from pumpkin, making this a delicious fall meal.

A dish of pumpkin carbonara with fried sage on a blue placemat.

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The Pumpkin Carbonara Recipe

A pair of green tongs lifting up pumpkin carbonara in the saute pan.

I'm kicking off fall with a savory pumpkin twist on carbonara. Carbonara is a sauce typically made from egg yolks, cream and bacon. In this recipe, however, instead of cream, we're using pumpkin.

Spaghetti is typically used in carbonara, but as you can see, I used fettuccine. Linguini or bucatini would be fine as well. Make sure to reserve a little of the pasta cooking water to use in the carbonara sauce. Drizzle it in slowly while you whisk, not all at once, or else you end up with scrambled egg yolks.

A serving of pumpkin carbonara in a serving dish in front of a saute pan of carbonara.

Also, instead of bacon, I used pancetta. Partially because I like the flavor better, and partially because I can get a 4-ounce package of it pre-chopped! I'm all for taking any shortcuts I can get.

Finally, the fried sage. Yes, it's an extra step, and another dish to wash. But I would urge you not t0 skip it. I love the flavor that both the sage and the browned butter give to the dish. Just remember to keep a close eye on the butter. I don't turn up the heat under the butter until the carbonara is done cooking, because butter can go from pleasantly nutty to acridly burnt in the blink of an eye.

A closer shot of a serving of pumpkin carbonara in a serving dish.

A serving of pumpkin carbonara in a white dish.

Pumpkin Carbonara with Fried Sage

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Carbonara is a sauce made from bacon, eggs and cream. In this pumpkin carbonara, the creaminess comes from pumpkin, making this a delicious fall meal.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fettuccine, or linguine
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree, 4 oz by weight
  • ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 oz pancetta, diced
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped, about 1 tablespoon
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup pecorino romano cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • Shaved pecorino, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Set a large pot of salted on water over high heat to boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions for al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water. 
  2. While the pasta is cooking, saute the pancetta over medium heat, until browned and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate. Add the shallots and garlic to the pancetta drippings and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the chicken broth and cook until the broth is reduced by half. 
  3. Add the butter to a small saucepan set over low heat to melt. 
  4. Add the pancetta back to the saute pan along with the drained pasta. Toss to combine. Turn off the heat. 
  5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and egg yolks. While whisking, slowly drizzle in the half-cup of hot pasta cooking water. Stir in the cheese and pepper, and add the mixture to the saute pan, stirring until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. 
  6. Turn up the heat under the butter to medium and cook the butter just until it starts to brown. Once it does, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the sage leaves one at a time, ensuring they don't overlap. Fry for about 2 minutes, then remove with a fork or slotted spoon. 
  7. Divide the pasta between four serving bowls. Top each with 2 fried sage leaves and a few shavings of pecorino romano cheese. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 servings Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 597Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 217mgSodium: 421mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Michelle J.

Friday 21st of September 2018

Pumpkin rolls--I love the cream cheese filling!

Ashley Mains

Tuesday 18th of September 2018

I like pumpkin bread the best!

Barrie Mooney

Tuesday 18th of September 2018

I would never skip the fried sage- love that part! How interesting to use pumpkin instead of the cream too!

Diane Baldwin

Monday 17th of September 2018

I love anything pumpkin! Fall is the time for pumpkin whoppie pies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins and doughnuts. Yum-yum.

Jenny Skidmore

Monday 17th of September 2018

My favorite is pumpkin pie.

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