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Three Pumpkin Recipe Thursday

Let’s get right to the pumpkin recipes.  1 is ugly, 1 is a Cooking Light recipe boosted with some extra protein, and 1 is so easy it’s not even a recipe at all.

Ugly pumpkin recipe: Overnight Pumpkin Chia Oats


Based on the Oh She Glows recipe, with twice as much protein powder, tons of extra cinnamon, 2 Tbsp of oats and some cinnamon raisin peanut butter – totals to 200 calories and tastes just like pumpkin pie filling.

Pumpkin for dinner: Pumpkin Ravioli with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

I bought my dad a pasta maker for Christmas last year and it only took us until mid-October to break it out.

The Cooking Light recipe calls for wonton wrapper ravioli, but we used Mario Batali’s basic pasta recipe for our first shot at homemade pasta.

I don’t like gorgonzola on its own, but it made a killer sauce.  I picked up a nice hunk of the cheese at TJ’s this past weekend in hopes of making this sauce this week.


CL’s pumpkin filling was less than exciting (including bread crumbs), so I made my own!

Protein Pumpkin Ravioli Filling

1/2 can beans (I used great northern, I’m sure garbanzo would work fine)

2 Tbsp shredded parmesan

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 Tbsp greek yogurt

2 Tbsp ricotta

1/2 tsp dried sage


In case you were wondering, yes, the filling is delicious on it’s own.


And yes, rolling out your own pasta dough takes 25 minutes, not 5.  You have to roll each piece at every setting (from a 7 to a 1) to progressively make it thinner.  I’m hoping there’s a learning curve and it’s a lot simpler next time.


About half of our sheets of pasta stuck together by the time we used up our filling – so I’d make half the recipe next time (we still got about 40 raviolis from approximately half the dough).


They cook quickly, in about 4 minutes in simmering water.


The sauce was very rich but it complimented the pasta without being overpowering.  Definitely something I would make again!


Pseudo-Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

1 box cake mix

1 can pumpkin

Seriously, that’s it.  Not even a recipe.

You’re supposed to use spice cake mix, but I only had a white cake mix on hand and it worked fine – I added some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) and chocolate chips to half the batter and butterscotch chips to the other.


Because they’re made with cake mix, a tiny flattened teaspoon of dough turns in to a huge puffy cookie – about the size of your palm for only 100 calories. 


Are you pumpkin-ed out yet?  I’m not, obviously.

Have you ever made homemade pasta?


19 responses to “Three Pumpkin Recipe Thursday

  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance October 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Wow, major kudos to you for even attempting to make your own pasta! I have to say, that is something that I don’t think I would ever try to do. I’m pretty sure my pasta would end up looking like a hot mess, and nothing like pasta at all. However, the perk of that would be that I could adapt the recipe to my wheat-free diet, which would be nice 🙂 (and cheaper than expensive brown rice pasta)

    Anyway, it looks great! Very nice work 😉

  2. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    3 great recipes!!! I haveade that ravioli before using the wontons – I’m too chicken to make pasta. Haha. And I love the idea of using cake mix for cookies rather than muffins or a loaf. I see cookies in my future. 🙂

  3. Allie October 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I could really go for some ravioli right now 😉

  4. Melissa October 20, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Definitely not! I love pumpkin or butternut squash ravioli with gorgonzola cream sauce. I did butternut squash and spinach lasagna roll ups a while back with gorgonzola sauce and they were insane! I like the idea of making my own pasta, but I have done it with wonton wrappers before and it’s just so easy! Gotta go the shortcut route! 😉

  5. Katie October 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    The pasta looks amazing girl! I need to come over to your house for dinner! We do need to meet up soon!! Please let me know!

    I am not sick of pumpkin and will not be! : )


  6. Heather October 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    The pumpkin ravioli looks so good. I have a pasta attachment to my mixer I’ve been playing with and totally forgot about that one!

  7. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 20, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I’m not a pumpkin fan but I would totally eat that ravioli. Mmm…

  8. Tessa @ Amazing Asset October 21, 2011 at 12:19 am

    WOw you are so talented with that pasta! I have never tried making my own before! You have inspired me 🙂

  9. teabagginit October 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    i’ve never made my own pasta because i’ve never really been a huge fan of the actual pasta – i just LOVE tomato sauce! i even spoon straight up tomato paste into mushroom caps! 🙂 yup, i’m weird!
    and i will never be pumpkin-ed out! even though i’m glowing orange!

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