Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara

Spaghetti noodles cooked with garlic, pancetta, kale, and sage in a creamy pumpkin sauce. This pumpkin kale pasta carbonara is so delicious and a fall twist to the classic pasta dish.

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

Happy Saturday!

Your weekend is just about to get better! I know mine will. =)

Think fall comfort food. For some reason, all I want these days are fall comfort foods.

I must be practicing for all that Thanksgiving food in a few short weeks.

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

My go to comfort food? Pasta of all sorts.

I can eat pasta all the time and not get tired of it. It might be that there is an endless possibility of ingredients and flavors. With so many different combinations of sauces and types of pasta, how could I ever get tired of them? I hope you feel the same way because I’m featuring yet another pasta dish: pasta carbonara.

Pasta carbonara is one of my favorite dishes. It’s simple, it’s creamy, it’s savory, it’s addictive.

It’s one of those dishes that you should have in your repertoire for those late weeknight dinners or maybe a weekend in. Or even a late night munchies?

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

This version of pasta carbonara is filled with pumpkin puree, sage, and kale. Of course, you have to have pancetta too! Pasta carbonara is not pasta carbonara without pancetta!

Easy to make with simple ingredients, you’ll fall in love with this autumn twist to a classic favorite.

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

Cook a pound of pasta in boiling water according to the direction on the package, about 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is tender to your liking. Drain the pasta but reserve about a cup of the pasta water. You’ll want to use it later for the sauce. Run the pasta through cold water to prevent the pasta from continuing to cook and sticking to each other.

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

In a large skillet, add olive oil over medium heat, and allow it to warm for about a minute. Toss in minced garlic and cook the garlic until they become aromatic and slightly browned. Stir in diced pancetta to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes before adding sage leaves. Once the sage leaves start to shrink and become slightly crispy, add kale. Cook until the kale starts to soften and become tender.

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

Add the drained pasta to the skillet and gently toss to incorporate all the ingredients. Allow the pasta to warm for about 2-3 minutes over medium heat.

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

While the pasta is warming up, whisk together eggs and parmesan cheese or shredded cheese of your choice. Slowly pour the mixture into the skillet and quickly toss the pasta, or stir, to prevent the eggs from scrambling .  Continue to toss or stir until the eggs become creamy and thick. Add pumpkin puree and stir to incorporate into the noodles. Thin the sauce by adding the pasta water until the thickness of the sauce is to your liking.

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

Season the pasta with salt and crushed red pepper. Garnish with finely chopped parsley and parmesan cheese (or shredded cheese).

Serve the pumpkin kale pasta carbonara warm.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

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Spaghetti noodles cooked with garlic, pancetta, kale, and sage in a creamy pumpkin sauce. This pumpkin kale pasta carbonara is so delicious and a fall twist to the classic pasta dish.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta (reserve about 1 cup pasta water)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 ounces diced pancetta
  • 4-5 sage leaves
  • 4 cups shredded kale
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (or shredded cheese of choice)
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup reserved pasta water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper for serving
  • Parmesan cheese for topping
  • Finely chopped parsley for topping
Directions:
  1. Cook a pound of pasta in boiling water according to the direction on the package, about 8-10 minutes, until the pasta is tender to your liking. Drain the pasta but reserve about a cup of the pasta water. You’ll want to use it later for the sauce. Run the pasta through cold water to prevent the pasta from continuing to cook and sticking to each other.
  2. In a large skillet, add olive oil over medium heat, and allow it to warm for about a minute. Toss in minced garlic and cook the garlic until they become aromatic and slightly browned. Stir in diced pancetta to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes before adding sage leaves. Once the sage leaves start to shrink and become slightly crispy, add kale. Cook until the kale starts to soften and become tender.
  3. Add the drained pasta to the skillet and gently toss to incorporate all the ingredients. Allow the pasta to warm for about 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  4. While the pasta is warming up, whisk together eggs and parmesan cheese or shredded cheese of your choice. Slowly pour the mixture into the skillet and quickly toss the pasta, or stir, to prevent the eggs from scrambling . Continue to toss or stir until the eggs become creamy and thick. Add pumpkin puree and stir to incorporate into the noodles. Thin the sauce by adding the pasta water until the thickness of the sauce is to your liking. There will leftover pasta water.
  5. Season the pasta with salt and crushed red pepper. Garnish with finely chopped parsley and parmesan cheese (or shredded cheese).
  6. Serve the pasta warm.

Pumpkin Kale Pasta Carbonara | Cooking with a Wallflower

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