One-Pot Pumpkin Pasta with Parmesan and Kale

Pumpkin Pasta
Photo Credit: Lauren Salkeld

One-Pot Pumpkin Pasta with Parmesan and Kale

  • Serves: 4
  • Total Time:20 minutes
  • Active Time:15 minutes
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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 8 ounces spaghetti or linguini
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped
  • Freshly shaved Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. In a large, straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and sauté 1 minute.
  2. Add the pasta, chicken or vegetable stock, and pumpkin purée, season to taste with salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Continue boiling, stirring every 30 seconds or so and adjusting the heat as needed, for 7 minutes.
  3. Add the kale, reduce the heat to medium-high, and simmer, stirring frequently, until the pasta is al dente and the sauce is thick, 3 to 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper.
  4. Divide the pasta among bowls, sprinkle with the Parmesan, and serve.