Disclosure: I am being compensated by Cans Get You Cooking for my participation in this campaign as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. Please note, this post contains affiliate links. As always, all opinions are my own!
Halloween is tomorrow and the forecast here is a torrential downpour. We will be braving the Trick or Treating wearing standard the Pacific Northwest costume accessory…the clear poncho. Then, home for a warm comfort meal. Pasta, to be exact. Pumpkin pasta, of course.
Comfort food has a bad reputation. You know…fattening. But you can dig into to something comforting and soul satisfying – and healthy. What makes this recipe even more fab? It’s pantry cooking. Pasta, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, that would NOT be good), panko. These are all things I have in my pantry, year round. Yes, even canned pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is super nutritious and easy to work with…a definite must have in any cantry (pantry + can…get it?)!
You may be wary of pumpkin and pasta together. But it’s SO good. The pumpkin makes it creamy and delicious without adding a ton of fat. And the nutmeg and sage are perfect in this dish. It is savory. It feels indulgent. The kind of food you want to curl up with.
I like to eat mine with a little extra parmesan and a few shakes of hot sauce. You could sub cheddar if you want to fake out your kids and pretend it’s mac and cheese, too. I won’t blow your cover. Promise.
Are you wondering what you can do with canned goods and how to keep a well stocked ‘cantry’? The Cans Get You Cooking campaign is a great resource. Lots of great recipes, info on sustainability, and nutrition information.