Pumpkin Spaghetti Sauce
Learn how to up the flavor of your spaghetti sauce with fresh pumpkin
Servings 6 people
- 4 cups tomato sauce homemade if you can
- 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
- 1 lb ground beef and/or pork optional if you want meat
- kosher salt to taste
- dried herbs to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
How to roast a pumpkin
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
If you can first remove the step of the pumpkin. Then cut it into quarters.
Season the flesh with kosher salt to taste.
Place your pumpkin on a sheet pan with the flesh side down.
Roast for 30-40 minutes or until you can pierce through the skin with a fork (just like with a potato)
Making the sauce
Combine 4 cups of tomato sauce with 1 cup of pumpkin puree into a pan.
Bring to a boil, remove from the heat.
Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs to taste.
Serve with your favorite spaghetti or other pasta.
Add cooked ground meat if you want.
Keep the Ratio
You can increase or decrease the amount of sauce this recipe makes by keeping the 4:1 ratio - 4 parts tomato sauce to 1 part pumpkin
Make Your Own Tomato Sauce
If you are going to make this recipe with homemade tomato sauce here is how I do it:
- Cut the tomatoes in half
- Place in a stock pot with a little bit of water, so they don't burn on the bottom
- Put over medium heat, reduce to a gentle boil
- Stir every so often
- When it appeared to be thicken, removed from the heat
- Blended it smooth with an immersion blender
- Season to taste
Adding Ground Meat
If you want meat in your sauce I recommend about 1 pound of ground beef, pork, turkey or sausage for each 4 cups of tomato sauce you use in the recipe.
Brown the meat in a frying pan with a little bit of oil until cooked through. Then add to the sauce when it's all put together and warm.