Meatless Monday: One Pot Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pasta

IMG_3549_1I love pumpkin. And so does pretty much every other American for the months of October and November. But I do really love it, and fall is one of my favorite times to cook mostly because I get to use pumpkin in anything I want to.

A few weeks ago, I made a cheesy bacon pumpkin dip, and I still dream about it. It was fabulous, and it got me thinking about other savory pumpkin dishes. Which brings me to my Meatless Monday recipe today, One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta.

I am all about the one pot meals. By the time I work all day and come home and cook dinner, the last thing I want is 100 dishes to clean up. Unfortunately, my husband seems to hate anything that resembles a “casserole”, so I struggle to find things he would eat all made in one pot. But pasta, who doesn’t love pasta?

And this pasta was amazing. It has garlic and onions and a little bit of hot pepper flakes which adds just the right amount of heat to the sweetness of the pumpkin and nutmeg and perfectly creamy with the cream cheese. I loved it, and will definitely be making this again.

Ingredients

  • I cup chopped onions
  • 4 cloves smashed garlic
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound pasta of your choice
  • 1/2 package (4 oz) cream cheese

All you need to do is put all the ingredients except the cream cheese into a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, set a timer for 10 minutes and stir throughout. The longer it cooks, the thicker it will be, so you may need tongs or a pasta ladle to really mix it together.

After you remove the pasta from heat, take the 4 oz of cream cheese, cut into small cubes, and stir into the hot pasta until it melts and blends. Let it cool for a few minutes to thicken up, and enjoy!

I topped mine with parsley flakes, and added more salt to taste. It was yummmmmmy.

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30 Before 30

Sorry I’ve been MIA the past few weeks. Honestly, I’ve been dealing with some personal things and just couldn’t bring myself to do much of anything over the past two weeks. But I’m back now, and ready to tackle whatever comes my way, so you’ll be hearing more from me, I promise.

My birthday is next week. And I’m turning 29. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel overwhelmed by it. I’m such a cliche, but ever since I turned 23, I have mini-breakdowns the month of October. It’s silly, I know. And it’s not the fact that I’m getting older that bothers me, it’s the fact that I feel like life is passing me by. That I want to do so much and have so many experiences, but I end up doing none of them, or so little that it feels like nothing.

I own a house. I have a job that I love. I’ve turned my hobby into something that pays for itself (and maybe some extra cash on a good month). I truly married my best friend (we were best friends for 4 years before we even started dating). Not bad for 29, but I still feel like I let life just happen to me, and I always realize on my birthday that another year has gone by. So this year, instead of sulking around and feeling sorry for myself, or getting so bombed on my birthday that I forget I’m not 22, I’m taking charge.

I have one year left before 30, and I am going to accomplish some things. 30 before 30. Again, what a cliche, and I know I probably won’t check off everything on the list, but here it is. 30before30

I started mentally making the list a few months ago, and I’ve already been able to check off a few. I’ll be able to check off a few more when I head to Europe next month (!!!). Some are silly, like riding a boat on a lake, and some of things I want to do to really better myself, like quit smoking and run a mile. Run a mile may seem pretty pathetic to most people, I feel like every time I look on Facebook another one of my friends just ran a marathon, but I have never been athletic and never in my life have I ever ran a mile. This is the year I’m going to do it.

What about everyone else? Does anyone else have a 30 before 30 list, or a 40 before 40 list, or just a bucket list in general? Tell me about them!