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pumpkin and bacon pasta bake

Easy Cheesy Pumpkin & Bacon Pasta Bake

Pumpkin and bacon are the stars of the show in this easy-to-make Cheesy Pumpkin & Bacon Pasta Bake that will delight even the pickiest of eaters!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

For the Pumpkin Sauce

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup good olive oil
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground sage
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Pasta

  • 1 lb. rotini pasta, uncooked
  • 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 lb. cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

Assemble the Pumpkin and Bacon Pasta Bake

  • In a large bowl, toss the cooled pasta, crumbled bacon, shredded chicken, pumpkin sauce and half of each of the cheeses, stirring well to combine.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish and top with the remaining half of each of the cheeses. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the sauce is bubbling.
  • Allow to stand for a few minutes to cool slightly, then sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.