My fellow Americans:
You can believe in this pasta bake.
- It is the hope for your pre-halloween meal.
- It is the change your family is begging of you, a distinctly different path from your weeknight tacos and your dependence on mac n’cheese.
- It will create new memories, and just may become a new favorite fall dish.
- It will cut the family budget deficit, with a cost per serving of $1.78.
Can you make this?
Yes you can.
(si, se puede)
Here’s the lineup…ricotta or cottage cheese, pumpkin, yogurt, eggs, and some spices.
I’m sure you’re thinking “this looks like a casserole.” And you would be right. But because we don’t utter the c-word in this foodie family, you won’t hear it from me 🙂
My name is Kelly Hartman and I approve this message.
Pumpkin and Sage Pasta Bake
(frugally adapted by The Kitchn – serves 6)
What You’ll Need:
1 pound pasta, such as farfalle or penne (I used gluten-free brown rice penne)
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta or cottage cheese
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or asiago cheese, divided
Heat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil. Set aside. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat, and stir about 1 tablespoon of salt. Add the pasta, and turn the heat down to medium. Cook for a slightly shorter amount of time than specified by the package (i.e. 1-2 minutes less). Drain the pasta and toss lightly with olive oil.
In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, pureed pumpkin, eggs, and yogurt. Whisk in the salt, pepper, nutmeg, and ginger.
Stir in the pasta and coat completely with the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the sage, garlic and 1/4 cup Parmesan or asiago cheese.
Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan or asiago cheese over top. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
TOTAL: $10.70, or about $1.78 per serving.
401 calories per serving
12 grams of fat
23 grams protein
2 grams fiber
Did you give it a try? Leave me a comment below or head over to Facebook and let me know what you think!