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One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

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Olena Osipov
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This One-Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin is packed with flavor and nutrition – with a combination of ground turkey, peas, sweetcorn, black beans, and pumpkin for a healthy, wholesome, mid-week dinner in under 30 minutes!

This is one of my favorite one-pot dishes along with this Mexican chicken and rice, Chicken burrito skillet, and taco skillet!

One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

Good news is that if you are a pumpkin fan – you will appreciate hints of pumpkin in a cheesy pasta pot, and if you are not a pumpkin fan (like my kids) – you won’t taste it as much and can easily substitute it with a can of tomato sauce. But I suggest you try making this one pot taco pasta with pumpkin because its fiber, potassium and vitamin C content are so beneficial for our heart health, and you can barely taste it. Not to mention creaminess of the dish without too much cheese, and pumpkin + taco seasoning are a match made in heaven, don’t you agree?!

Plus, if you have leftover pumpkin you can enjoy this healthy pumpkin soup or cheesy pumpkin spinach quinoa. Unless you have more of a sweet tooth. In which case, how about this healthy pumpkin pie, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin muffins, or chocolate chip pumpkin bread?!

What else is healthy about this one pot pasta? First of all, I used 4 cups of chickpea pasta which is far more nutritious than plain white pasta stripped of everything. Brown rice, quinoa or whole wheat pasta would be all good choices. Secondly, I used only 1lb of ground turkey, and then “beefed up” our dinner with more plants – black beans, corn and avocado. And pumpkin, of course, it’s a very good plant. If you are vegetarian, substitute more beans for meat.

I hope you enjoy this true 30 minute one-pot meal. It marks our first collaboration with Alex in husband-wife video recipe production that I mentioned before. So far, so good – we are still talking. If you are looking for more healthy easy dinners, check out my 18 healthy one pot meals and healthy Instant Pot vegetarian meals.

And if you like anything taco that aren’t actual tacos, try my turkey taco soup, healthy taco dip, and healthy taco salad! I have a BIG collection of taco recipes too!

How To Make One Pot Taco Pasta

Or you can browse through my entire collection of one-pot meals, for more inspiration!

One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

Healthy One Pot Taco Pasta with pumpkin puree, ground turkey, black beans, corn, avocado and wholesome pasta in less than 30 minutes, even pasta cooks in same pot. To die for delicious fast dinner you gotta try!
4.8 from 5 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 483kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 lb ground turkey*
  • 15 oz can black beans rinsed & drained
  • 2 cups corn frozen
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz can pumpkin puree**
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 cups whole wheat or gluten free penne pasta uncooked
  • 1 cup 4 oz sharp hard cheese, shredded
  • 3 avocados diced
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven on medium-high heat, add avocado oil, onion and garlic. Sauté for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add taco seasoning and ground turkey; sauté for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking turkey into pieces with spatula.
  • Add beans, corn, diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree, water, salt and pepper; stir and bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta, cover and cook on low for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, add avocado and stir; sprinkle with cheese and green onions, cover for a few minutes to let cheese melt. Serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

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    Notes

    • *Substitute with another can of beans for vegetarian version.
    • **Substitute with a can of tomato sauce if not a fan of pumpkin.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 619mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g

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    1. 4 stars
      I made this tonight. Very yummy. I’ll be adding it to my recipe rotation. Plus, I get 8 meals out of it. I’m sure it’ll taste as yummy out of the freezer. It’s not very spicy, for those who like spice, I’d suggest adding some jalapenos. Also I’m in a higher altitude, so I ended up having to add 2 more cups of water to the mix and boiling it again at the end. I figured I’d have troubles with the pasta, as everything here takes longer to cook. Thanks for the great recipe.

    2. 5 stars
      This was amazing!! Honestly I wasn’t sure about the pumpkin thing… but you wouldn’t know it’s there just adds a wonderful creamy texture to the dish!! Very good!! I forgot to buy avocados though so I left them out, will make it with next time ? I really have yet to find a recipe on this site I haven’t really really liked – and I have made A LOT. awesome good food and good for you. Simple and easy to make, even the ones when you look at the recipe and think “oh man, that’s a lot of work” they’re really not!! So happy I found this site!!

    3. 5 stars
      Great job on the video! I It makes it easier to follow the recipe…at least to know what it should look like. 🙂

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