Easy Pumpkin-Pasta Bake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 10


The added pumpkin in this Easy Pumpkin-Pasta Bake recipe provides an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber.


  • 1 box (14.5 ounces) whole wheat penne or other short-cut pasta, prepared according to package directions
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound (about 4 links) sweet or spicy lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 jar (24 to 26 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or dry red or white wine
  • 1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons (0.75 ounce) shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese


PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Spray 3-quart casserole dish or 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

COOK sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in marinara sauce (reserve jar). Add water or wine to jar; cover and shake. Pour into skillet along with pumpkin and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Stir well. Stir in prepared pasta. Spoon into prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese; cover.

BAKE for 15 minutes. Carefully remove cover; bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


by P. Pat` , USA on Oct. 2009

As A 2 star chef I thought I would give this a try. Thinking I could add something new for the up coming holidays. I have never tasted something so nasty! My customers wouldn't even eat it!

No one could be more surprised than I was

by S. Susan , Grass Lake, MI on Mar. 2009

This recipe seemed made for me. I made a pumpkin pie, but hadn't a clue as to what would be good for dinner...I took out the remaining pumpkin, and started rounding up ingredients. Having given up meat for lent, I grilled the sausages on our countertop grill for the rest of my family, and prepared the pasta as directed. It was absolutely delicious, and I did not miss the meat. I will make this regularly, now that I know how good it tastes/how good it is for my family. I want to try it with grilled shredded chicken, too.