Easy Pumpkin-Pasta Bake

The added pumpkin in this Easy Pumpkin-Pasta Bake recipe provides an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber.

Easy Pumpkin Pasta Bake


  • 1 (14.5 ounce) box whole wheat penne or other short-cut pasta, prepared according to package directions
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound (about 4 links) sweet or spicy lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 (24 to 26 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or dry red or white wine
  • 1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons (0.75 ounce) shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 3-quart casserole dish or 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through.
  3. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in marinara sauce (reserve jar).
  5. Add water or wine to jar; cover and shake. Pour into skillet along with pumpkin and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Stir well.
  6. Stir in prepared pasta. Spoon into prepared dish.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese; cover.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Carefully remove cover; bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 25 min | Servings: 10

Nutritional Information: Calories: 290 Calories from Fat: 80 Total Fat: 9 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Cholesterol: 35 mg Sodium: 520 mg Carbohydrates: 40 g Dietary Fiber: 7 g Sugars: 5 g Protein: 18 g

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Nestlé® and meals.com