Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pasta

pasta machine

I had trouble coming up with a title for this post. If you google “pumpkin pasta” a pile of recipes will pop up for pumpkin sauces to toss with cooked pasta—and those do look delicious. But in this recipe, the pasta itself contains the pumpkin—and quite a bit of it.

A Pumpkin by Any Other Name

Last week a kabocha squash led me on a pasta making odyssey. It had been hanging around for a couple of weeks and I thought I better use it up. So I roasted it, peeled it, puréed the flesh and roasted the seeds. (Click here for how to cook a whole pumpkin—or squash—in the oven.)

I decided to make fresh pasta with the purée and some flour—just two ingredients. I didn’t have any white flour on hand and so I used whole wheat only.

Because I didn’t feel like hauling out the pasta machine, I made small shapes called malloreddus using a gnocchi board. To make these, first roll the pasta dough into long, thin ropes, then cut off small pieces. Next, place a piece of pasta on the board. With your thumb, push down into the dough to make an indentation and roll the dough down and off of the board.

You’ll feel like a little kid again, playing with Play-doh. Speaking of which, your kids will enjoy making pasta with you—or on their own for you.

hand shaped homemade pasta

homemade fresh pasta

homemade fresh pasta

homemade fresh pasta

After you’ve formed several of these shapes, you’ll get the hang of it and the meditative work goes quickly. If you don’t have a gnocchi board, try forming these on the back of a fork’s prongs. For more shapes, watch the video below. I could watch this guy all day long…

If you enjoy that video, you may also like Pasta Grannies on YouTube. I feel like there should be a YouTube equivalent to Emmys and that these Pasta Grannies should win them all.

The pasta tasted very good but the whole wheat left a little bit of an aftertaste. When I made pasta again the next day, I used the same proportion of ingredients but with white flour and I also added a bit of salt. That tasted even better. The flour didn’t leave any aftertaste and the salt brought out the flavor of the pumpkin.

homemade fresh pasta
Attempt two of squash pasta

Fresh Pumpkin Pasta Dough

For my third batch of dough on this odyssey, I puréed the flesh of a fresh pie pumpkin that I cooked in a mere eight minutes in my pressure cooker. (Click here for how to cook a pumpkin in a pressure cooker.) I used half white flour and half semolina. Once again, I made the small spiral shapes with this dough. This batch tasted the best of all—so far. The pumpkin tasted sweeter and more delicate than the squash.

homemade pumpkin pasta ingredients

pumpkin purée from a fresh pumpkin

homemade pumpkin pasta dough

homemade pumpkin pasta dough

fresh pumpkin pasta dough

turn out dough to knead

kneading fresh pasta dough

For the next batch of pumpkin pasta dough, I set up the pasta machine and cranked out linguine. These tasted fantastic! If you don’t have a pasta machine, to make long noodles, roll the dough out into a thin rectangle. Dust generously with flour to prevent the dough from sticking to itself as you roll it up lengthwise into a log. Slice off noodles.

pasta machine

fresh homemade pumpkin pasta

Some Notes

  • This pasta tastes best if you cook it immediately. If you do store it in the refrigerator to cook later, first dust it very generously with flour as it sticks together.
  • Cook it quickly—in a couple of minutes—and do not overcook it. When it floats to the top of the pot, test a piece.
  • If you do use a pasta machine to make linguine, roll it a bit thicker than usual. My machine runs from 0 (thick) up to 9 (very thin). I stopped rolling at 5. Usually I go up to 7.
  • Tweak this recipe and experiment. If you don’t have semolina, use only all-purpose flour. If you don’t have all-purpose, use only semolina.
  • Don’t skip the resting phase. Resting the dough helps the gluten form, which prevents the pasta from falling apart when you shape it. It also gives you time to make pasta sauce.

Homemade Pumpkin Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white flour plus more for kneading and shaping
  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée

Directions

1. Combine flour, semolina and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center and add the pumpkin purée. Mix together with a fork as well as you can.

2. Use your hand to incorporate the remaining flour.

3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 7 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

4. Let dough rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Shape the dough into desired shapes.

6. Boil in a pot of generously salted water for 1 to 2 minutes or until al dente (tender but firm to the bite).

7. Drain immediately in a colander, toss with your favorite sauce and serve.

14 Replies to “Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pasta”

  1. Looks yummy- I so appreciate that you tried three times & got better each time, then got out the pasta machine too- very inspiring! 😊

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Thank you! It is tasty. I had to make it a few times to get it just right 😉

    1. The Zero-Waste Chef says: Reply

      Thank you!

      1. No problem 😁 check out my blog when you get the chance 🙂

  2. I was wondering if you strained any of the water out of the pumpkin puree?

  3. I prefer using all semolina flour when I add pumkin/ squash puree. I find the resulting texture more pleasing. I sometimes add a tablespoon of olive oil to help with the texture as well.
    Also, a Nana trick, after pureeing the veg, I place it in a shallow pan on medium heat and cook it further…stirring constantly until more moisture evaporates and it becomes slightly carmelized. The taste and texture are greatly enhanced. Gnocchi made with the reduced puree are so delicious.
    Nana was a true magician with food…. the original waste-free cook!

  4. Little Plastic Footprint says: Reply

    We were just talking this week about getting our paste maker out, what a coincidence! Will definitely give this a try as I’ve never considered pumpkin pasta before, just as a sauce or in a risotto (my personal favorite!) Thanks

  5. Oh yum! This looks great, I have a lot of pumpkins to figure out recipes for! Also, thank you for the Pasta Grannies link – I totally love it.

  6. Have you ever tried to freeze the dough? I made a bit much… used tipo 0 flour and some chickpea flour. Yummy!!!

  7. Have you ever tried freezing the dough, or would it be better to make the pasta and freeze it uncooked? Ended up with quite a large amount. Very good, even if I made it completely different (had tipo 0 flour and some chickpea flour – never really understood what that all purpose flour is…)

  8. This looks delicious. We make our own pasta so must give this a try. I would love one of those gnocci boards.A great post.

  9. One thing that’s fun to do is make half squid ink pasta, then make a lasagna with alternating layers for a Halloween-themed dish.

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