Pumpkin Pasta Sauce with Pici Pasta & Crispy Mushrooms

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Homestyle Pasta, Olive Oil
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 Bag (1Lb) Flora Organic Spaghetti Toscani Pici

Roasted Oyster Mushrooms:

  • 2 lb. Mixed oyster mushrooms torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (Extra Virgin)
  • 1/2 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 3 Garlic Clove peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp. Smoked chili flakes or red pepper flakes
  • 3 sprigs thyme

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp. Black Sage Honey Browned Butter
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 3 Garlic Clove minced
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika sea salt
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Additional toppings: crispy crumble pancetta.


  • Place oven racks in bottom third and middle of oven and preheat to 350°F; Put a pot of water for your pasta on the stove to boil.
  • Toss mushrooms, garlic, thyme, smoked chili flakes or red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup oil, and 1/2 teaSpoon salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast on bottom rack around 25 minutes, tossing halfway through until deeply golden brown and crisped. Check the oven after 15 minutes.
  • Cook pasta according to package. Drain, reserving 2 cups pasta water. Set aside.
  • In a skillet add 2 TableSpoons black sage honey brown butter. Then add the shallots and sauté until translucent. Season with a pinch of salt, and add the garlic and cook about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add pumpkin puree, mascarpone cheese and 1 cup of pasta water. If you want pasta sauce that is looser, add more pasta water until it reaches the consistency that you like.
  • Add the parmesan cheese. Mix to combine.
  • Taste and adjust salt & pepper if needed. I use smoked paprika sea salt.
  • Transfer cooked pici pasta to the pan and toss to combine.
  • Serve the pasta immediately and top with the crispy mushrooms or the crispy pancetta.
  • Recipe by Carlos Leo www.spoonabilities.com
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