This week’s blog post is by Leah Kelley.
Fall is my favorite time of the year – cozy sweatshirts, chili, hot chocolate, and best of all pumpkin farms! My family is a huge fan of pumpkin farms. We love the hayrides, corn mazes, caramel apples, and everything pumpkin. Most of the farms will open at the end of September and stay open until Halloween. We plan on visiting one farm every weekend! So, in celebration of the start of pumpkin season, I thought I’d share some of my favorite pumpkin recipes with you.
Pumpkin Cookies ~ I’m a fan of the soft pumpkin cookies with cream cheese icing.
Pumpkin Bread ~ Warm homemade pumpkin bread with fresh butter spread on top makes a delicious after-school snack for the kids (or a late night snack for you). Here’s an easy and delicious recipe to try.
Pumpkin Pie Dip ~ What a great treat to bring to a Halloween party! Purchase a small pumpkin or gourd, hollow it out, and use as a festive serving dish for this tasty dip. You could also make this for a Thanksgiving appetizer. I serve it with cinnamon graham cracker sticks.
Penne with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce ~ It may sound a bit frightening, but if you love pumpkin you’ll love this recipe!
Dinner in a Pumpkin ~ I made this last year for Halloween and my kids went crazy over it! They thought it was so cool that I made our whole dinner inside a pumpkin. Best of all, it was delicious!
Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce (from RachelRayMag.com)
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- Salt and pepper
- 1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin puree
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
- 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
- In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water.
- In the same pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring, until softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and heavy cream and bring to a boil. Return the pasta to the pot along with the reserved pasta cooking water and toss. Stir in the parmesan; season with salt and pepper.
- Top the pasta with the parsley and more parmesan.