Pasta with Bell Peppers and Pumpkin Sauce


A delicious dish, which my kids adore. You can use pumpkin or squash for this recipe and any kind of pasta, but short pasta like orecchiette, penne, or rigatoni works better.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup butter, divided

  • 1 onion, minced

  • 1 pound sugar pumpkin - peeled, seeded, and cut into small cubes

  • ½ pound orecchiette pasta

  • 2 orange bell peppers, seeded and diced

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Melt 1/2 the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat and cook onion until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add pumpkin and cook for 2 minutes. Cover, reduce heat, and cook, stirring often, until soft, 25 to 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook orecchiette in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until almost tender yet firm to the bite, about 10 minutes, 2 minutes less than indicated on the package. Drain and transfer to a bowl.

  3. Melt the remaining butter in a second skillet and cook bell peppers until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add to the bowl with the cooked pasta.

  4. Once pumpkin is tender, add cream and Parmesan cheese to skillet. Season with salt and pepper and stir until smooth. Add drained pasta and cooked bell peppers and mix well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

581 Calories
36g Fat
56g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 581
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 223mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 523mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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