Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce, Turkey, and Cranberries

Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce, Turkey, and Cranberries
Staff Writer
pastafits.org

Try incorporating pumpkin and cranberries into an easy pasta dish to use leftover turkey. 

6
Servings
893
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound bow tie or any medium pasta shape, uncooked
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Cup sliced scallions, white and green parts
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon fennel seeds
  • One 12-ounce can evaporated skim milk
  • 1/2 Cup low-fat milk
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon black pepper
  • One 15-ounce can sold packed pumpkin
  • 3 Cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 fresh fennel sprigs, optional

Directions

Prepare pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add scallions, garlic, and fennel seeds; sauté 3 minutes.

Combine milk, flour, salt, and pepper until smooth. Stir into saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat; boil until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in pumpkin, turkey, and cranberries until well blended. Reduce heat to medium; cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

Drain pasta. Place in large bowl. Add pumpkin sauce and toss. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. (Garnished with sprigs of fresh fennel, if desired.)

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
35g
50%
Sugar
62g
69%
Saturated Fat
18g
75%
Cholesterol
68mg
23%
Carbohydrate, by difference
118g
91%
Protein
31g
67%
Vitamin A, RAE
198µg
28%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
9mg
12%
Vitamin E, added
2mg
13%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
9µg
10%
Calcium, Ca
354mg
35%
Choline, total
117mg
28%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
6g
24%
Folate, total
135µg
34%
Iron, Fe
6mg
33%
Magnesium, Mg
90mg
28%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
420mg
60%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
37µg
67%
Sodium, Na
1159mg
77%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Vitamin D (D2 + D3)
2µg
13%
Water
120g
4%
Zinc, Zn
5mg
63%

Pasta Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Pasta Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients.Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

Pasta Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.