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Pumpkin Pasta

Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 pound rotini, cooked
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 3 pounds peeled pumpkin, chopped
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream

How to Make It

  1. Toss 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese with pasta, and keep warm.

  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; add leek and celery, and saute until tender. Add pumpkin; saute 2 to 3 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg.

  3. Process pumpkin mixture in a blender until smooth. Return to saucepan; stir in whipping cream, and cook over low heat, stirring often, until heated. Serve over pasta; top with remaining cheese.