by Olena

One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

by Olena

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!|

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 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?! 

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, try my turkey taco soup and ground chicken tacos.

How To Make One Pot Taco Pasta


One Pot Taco Pasta with Pumpkin

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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!

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings


  • 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


  1. Preheat large heavy bottom pot or dutch oven on medium-high heat, add avocado oil, onion and garlic. Sauté for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add taco seasoning and ground turkey; sauté for 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking turkey into pieces with spatula.
  3. Add beans, corn, diced tomatoes, pumpkin puree, water, salt and pepper; stir and bring to a boil.
  4. 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.


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

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About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. 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!!