Pumpkin Carbonara



  • 2 1/4  slices pancetta, diced small
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • shallot, minced
  • One  15-ounce can puréed pumpkin
  • 8 Ounces  coconut milk, or heavy cream if you'd prefer
  • egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Cups  cooked penne pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons  chopped sage, for garnish
  •   Salt and pepper, to taste

Many may have thought of adding the seasonal ingredient pumpkin to a pasta dish, but few have seen it done like this before. Creamy puréed pumpkin is whisked together with coconut milk and egg yolks to yield a sweet and bold flavor that makes this a classic fall dish to serve. 


Place a large sauté pan over medium to medium-high heat and cook the pancetta, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and the fat has been rendered, about 5 minutes. While the pancetta is rendering, whisk together the pumpkin purée, coconut milk, egg yolks, and Parmesan cheese. Remove the pancetta from the pan and place onto a plate lined with a paper towel. Add the garlic and shallots to the pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and pancetta back to the pan and toss or stir well to mix thoroughly. Add the pumpkin mixture to the pan, stir well, and season with salt and pepper. Heat through and serve.


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Calories per serving:

641 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 86g 132%
  • Carbs 370g 123%
  • Saturated 57g 285%
  • Fiber 29g 114%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 31g
  • Monounsaturated 15g
  • Polyunsaturated 7g
  • Protein 85g 170%
  • Cholesterol 234mg 78%
  • Sodium 786mg 33%
  • Calcium 646mg 65%
  • Magnesium 463mg 116%
  • Potassium 2,711mg 77%
  • Iron 21mg 116%
  • Zinc 10mg 66%
  • Phosphorus 1,539mg 220%
  • Vitamin A 3,438µg 382%
  • Vitamin C 27mg 45%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 50%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 43%
  • Niacin (B3) 12mg 61%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 70%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 206µg 52%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 15%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin K 75µg 93%
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