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One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

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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 30 healthy one pot vegetarian meals.

And if you like anything taco that aren’t actual tacos, try my turkey taco soup, healthy taco dip, and 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!
4.84 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 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 | Potassium: 839mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 8213IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 3mg
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    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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