Cozy Pumpkin Pasta Carbonara With Crispy Sage

6 servings
25 min

Cozy pumpkin pasta carbonara with crispy sage is the perfect fall pasta to get you out of your pasta cooking rut!

Have you ever tried pasta carbonara? It’s a classic Italian pasta dish made from a sauce with whole eggs, egg yolks, and cheese. You’ll whisk these ingredients together, and then add a little bit of pasta water to create a sauce.

Today, I had a whole can of pumpkin opened that I needed to use, and I just couldn’t think of what to make of it.

I normally associate pumpkin with sweets, but I really wanted something savory.

I thought about the pancetta I had in my fridge, waiting to be rendered. And the last few eggs from last week’s grocery trip.

And BAM! That’s when I thought of pumpkin pasta carbonara, and this recipe was born.

Cozy Pumpkin Pasta Carbonara With Crispy Sage
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1 lb pasta (I used fettuccini)
  • 4 oz pancetta
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup grated parmesan, divided
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 12-15 fresh sage leaves

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When water is boiling, cook pasta to package directions. Before draining, reserve one cup of pasta water and set aside.
While the pasta is cooking, add pancetta to a large pan on medium heat. Let the pancetta cook until it’s browned and crispy. Remove pancetta from pan, keeping the rendered fat in the pan. Quickly fry the sage in the pan and place on a lined paper towel.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs, yolks, 1/2 cup of parmesan, pumpkin, and salt and pepper. Whisk well.
Slowly add some of the pasta water to the egg mixture, about 1 tbsp at a time, whisking well. This will temper the egg, slowly bring it up to the temperature of the pasta so the eggs will not scramble.
Add about 5 tbsp of water, each one at a time, to the egg mixture, making sure all is mixed well. This is now your sauce.
Add pasta back into the pot. Add the carbonara sauce to the pasta, mixing well.
If it seems too thick, add 1 tbsp pasta water at a time.
Serve pasta topped with pancetta, crispy sage, and remaining 1/2 cup of parmesan.
  • Liz Liz on Nov 16, 2020

    What is Carbanora?

    • Liz Liz on Nov 17, 2020

      Thanx so much for your reply.

  • Nanofluffy Nanofluffy on Nov 17, 2020

    The recipe indicated a can of pumpkin. Which size can, 15 oz or 30 oz? I don't assume anything when I haven't used a new recipe before.