One Pot Pumpkin Ricotta Pasta

One Pot Pumpkin Ricotta Pasta

One Pot Pumpkin Ricotta Pasta

This indulgent pasta dinner features penne and ground turkey covered in a creamy, sage-spiced ricotta pumpkin sauce and topped with some stretchy mozzarella cheese. One pan is all you need to make this quick and easy meal!

Tuesday September 21, 2021

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Chicken Broth Garlic Italian Seasoning Mozzarella Olive Oil Parmesan Parsley Penne Pumpkin Ricotta Sage Salt Turkey

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If you're looking for a restaurant-quality meal that can be made quickly, with minimal prep time and almost no dishes then you have come to the right place! This is fall comfort food at it's finest (and easiest!). Usually when I think of ricotta cheese and pasta I think about ravioli or lasagna, but now my new favorite use for ricotta cheese is in this dish. It's just so simple and tasty!

a pan of one pot pumpkin ricotta pasta

What are the ingredients in Pumpkin Ricotta Pasta?



I tried to keep the ingredient list super simple while still allowing an amazing flavor:

  • penne - this is the type of pasta used in this dish
  • oil - a small amount to help with frying
  • cheeses - ricotta and parmesan in the sauce, and mozzarella to top it all off
  • seasoning - fresh garlic, dried sage, italian seasoning and salt
  • ground turkey - could also use ground chicken
  • pumpkin puree - from a can or homemade will be fine (shown twice in the photo by accident - I didn't want to forget it and ended up measuring it out twice!)
  • heavy cream - to thin the sauce/make it creamier
  • chicken broth - to add flavor while cooking the penne

How to make Pumpkin Ricotta Pasta?

It is really very easy to make this pasta!

step one: heat oil in a large skillet and add the turkey

step two: cook until slightly browned, then add garlic, sage, italian seasoning and salt and cook until turkey is no longer pink

a collage of steps showing the turkey being cooked with seasonings

step three: add the broth and bring to a simmer

step four: add the penne noodles, stir and cover the pan, and allow to simmer for 10 minutes, or until pasta is al dente (follow package instructions)

step five: add the ricotta, pumpkin puree, parmesan, and heavy cream and stir until sauce is uniform

a collage of steps showing the pasta being cooked and the sauce ingredients added and mixed into the dish

step six: sprinkle mozzarella on top and broil 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly, serve warm

a collage of steps showing the mozzarella cheese being added and then broiled and the pastsa being scooped onto a plate

Tips and tricks for the best one-pot pumpkin ricotta penne:

  • cook your pasta until al dente; overcooking will result in a mushy final dish
  • use a good quality pumpkin puree, you can make your own or you can use canned but you want it to be relatively thick and not super watery
  • if your pan doesn't have a tight fitting lid you can drape a piece of aluminium foil over it instead for this recipe
  • don't overcook the turkey; cook until it's no longer pink but not browned
  • make sure you stir well once you add the ricotta, heavy cream, parmesan, and pumpkin puree to get the sauce to come together nice and uniform
a close up of a plate of one pot pumpkin ricotta pasta

Leftover pumpkin? Make yourself some dessert...

One Pot Pumpkin Ricotta Pasta

By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 pound dry penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


raw ground turkey is shown in a large skillet

1. cook the turkey

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat, then add turkey and break up into small pieces and cook until almost cooked through

partially cooked turkey is shown in a skillet with seasonings

2. add the seasonings

Add the garlic, sage, italian seasoning, and salt and continue cooking until turkey is no longer pink

raw noodles are shown on top of turkey in a large skillet

3. cook the noodles

Add broth and bring to a simmer, then add noodles, stir, and allow to simmer, covered, for 10 minutes

4. add the sauce

Once noodles are cooked, add the ricotta cheese, pumpkin, parmesan, and heavy cream and stir until uniform


Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top of the noodles, then broil for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly

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