Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pumpkin Spinach Macaroni

One of my favorite moments in life is seeing the first little pie pumpkins out at the grocery stores each fall. As always, I couldn't resist grabbing a few, and after cooking them (cut them in half, clean them out, and bake at 400 for 45 minutes, face-down on a baking sheet) and scooping out the pumpkin-y goodness, here is my first pumpkin recipe of the season...

Bring a pot of water to a boil to cook whole wheat elbow pasta while preparing the sauce. For the sauce: Heat 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil (or butter) in a separate large saucepan. Add a couple spoonfuls of flour and cook out for a minute. Stir in 2 cups chicken broth and 1 cup milk (I used almond milk). Simmer for a few minutes, then stir in 1 cup fresh or canned pumpkin and 8 oz frozen chopped spinach. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups grated cheese (I used pecorino romano) and drained macaroni.

Top with extra cheese and serve with fresh, warm bread...


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