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4-5 stars. I did really like the pumpkin, but if anyone knows my cooking, they know I love spice and herbs. So, without the additional seasoning ... I did find it a bit bland. But the overall flavor was very nice.

Here are my changes. Since it was a main dish I did add sausage. I was at my local meat market and they had sage and garlic turkey sausage ... HOW perfect! But a mild Italian sausage would work too.

I also added a medium onion, fresh chopped sage and a few red pepper flakes.

I love romano for a bit of tang which was nice and I also added a bit of the pasta water. And for the pasta; I used penne rigate with the ribs. I find it holds the sauce better than plain penne.

Lots of pepper for me and it was very tasty. All the flavor was there, I just needed a bit more seasoning, but that is just my taste. It was good as is, I just wanted a bit more.

The sausage as others mentioned was a very nice addition. I love turkey or chicken best for a dish like this. I did cut in half moons and browned first.

Very nice dish. Thx

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SarasotaCook November 03, 2010

Surprisingly good! After reading some of the reviews, I did up the spices, and made it far too spicy for our family: spices are always a personal taste, I suppose.
I did substitute evaporated milk for the creams, and threw the onions, garlic and pumpkin altogether to cook (I'm impatient) instead of sauteing them. I will try with white wine for a special treat one day.

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Anemone September 22, 2010

It was a nice change for me to make something with pumpkin in it that wasn't sweet. My husband liked it, and I thought it was ok. I didn't have a few of the ingredients, so here's what I did: I used 1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth and 1/4 c. white wine. Instead of the heavy cream, I used 1 (5 oz.) can of evaporated milk, and I omitted the sour cream altogether. For the spices, I used 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1 tsp. ground sage, 1/2 tsp. black pepper, 1 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp. - 1/2 tsp. *each* pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, and 2 tsp. dried parsley flakes. I thought this could've used something else, like chicken or chicken sausage, but I didn't have any and my peeps were hungry, so I added 8 oz. largely sliced crimini mushrooms with the onions and garlic (but I would add double that if I added them again - they got lost in all this pasta!), I topped this with shredded parmesan and served with a green salad and Irish Rosie's Irish Soda Bread (one of my favorite breads). I'm glad I tried this recipe though, thanks!

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Greeny4444 October 07, 2009

Oh My Goodness!! I never would have thought that I would like a pasta sauce made with pumpkin. This is excellent. I made the recipe close to as it was written with a few changes. I used evaporated goat milk in place of the heavy cream, I added some crisped bacon and some thyme. I didn't have fresh parsley so I used dried, but I'm sure the fresh would be even better. I topped each plate with parmesan and pumpkin seeds. The kids even enjoyed it. For once in a long time I wasn't hounding them to eat their dinner!! Thank you for a recipe I will be making over and over!!

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Kara0473 October 07, 2011

It was good, very different. I made it for when my mom was in town, another pumpkin lover. I also found it a bit bland, so I added some ground cumin chicken, and sausage for a main dish. It ended up being a bit too spicy for the kids, so on theirs I added more sour cream and cheese - it was much better. All and all we really liked it, it was a very different taste, and quite savory. It didn't knock my socks off, but it was good. I think with some more tweaking it could be a fantastic dish. Curious how others have spiced it up, will read all the comments and try again.

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it'scolleen October 08, 2013

This was so nice. The flavours were delicate. We roasted our pumpkin to make the puree. I completely forgot to put the chicken broth in, but followed all other directions. End result was that the texture was just like macaroni and cheese hahaha. Very enjoyable, very easy. Looking forward to enjoying this again.

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Satyne May 05, 2013

Delicious! Made this for my vegetarian friends in place of the turkey for Thanksgiving. Only changes I made were to use vegetable broth instead of chicken, and added 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese during the simmering phase. Everyone loved it! Easy and yummy.

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40crook November 23, 2012

Sorry, but I really did not like this recipe at all. I followed the advice of some of the previous reviewers and I added ground chicken and increased the spices, but I still found this to be very bland and tasteless. I would not make it again.

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Mintara November 18, 2012

I would add some veggies to it but the flavour was good.

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triciaoblander November 05, 2012
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta