Pasta shells in pumpkin sauce

February 29, 2012  •  Category:


This is probably the easiest pasta to prepare and frankly one of the tastiest. Simply cook some pumpkin, mash it and combine it with the pasta. Sprinkle cheese, some toasted nuts and dinner is ready!


  • 6 oz. of shell or tube pasta 
  • 1 pound of cut-up and peeled pumpkin
  • 6 oz. of cheese (could be any melting cheese, I used feta)
  • salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste
  • 1/4 cup of toasted and chopped nuts (I used pecans)
  1. Boil the pasta till al dente and drain. In a separate pan, boil the pumpkin with one cup of water till soft. Mash and add the spices to taste. Combine with the pasta. Add the cheese and nuts. Combine. Serve.
Coffee man set up his shop on a street corner, with a few pieces of wood board and some vinyl covering; happy and relaxed, he serves fresh espresso, tea, water bottles, candy and cigarettes. 
He posted a sign by his coffee machine, a saying that goes like this:
Borrowing is forbidden
Admonishments are lifted
Wealth and good fortune are in God’s hands


24 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Margaret says:

    OH MY but this looks absolutely delicious.

  2. Rosa says:

    What a kind looking coffee man. That pasta dish is lovely.



  3. Rachana says:

    Wow!!! Thats such a delicious pasta.

  4. Banana Wonder says:

    MMmm what a fantastic pasta! I love anything with pumpkin. Also, I am gladly taking you up on your offer for a Beirut urban hike 😛

  5. Velva says:

    That’s it? The pasta is easy….A few ingredients and its proof that simple is best.

    I know I have commented before on the photos of the man who sells coffee…I love these photos-they tell a story of everyday people.


  6. Lyndsey@TheTinySkill says:

    What a lovely pasta. I just love simple tasty meals like this. Now why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

  7. 5 Star Foodie says:

    An excellent easy pasta dish, love the feta and pecans in it!

  8. Angie@Angiesrecipes says:

    I love the sauce…pumpkin and pecan…a great combination.

  9. Christine @ Fresh says:

    I happen to have some pumpkin puree that could be put to good use in this recipe. Excellent!

  10. Asmita says:

    Simple and delicious. Yummy pasta dish.

  11. Ed Habib says:

    Looks wonderful. Thanks for all the meat free recipes during lent

  12. Oui, Chef says:

    The sweet-salty combo of the pumpkin and feta sounds perfect…great idea!

  13. Faith says:

    This looks wonderful, Joumana! I bet the touch of nutmeg makes it just perfect.

  14. Culinaire Amoula says:

    Excellent plat, facile et savoureux, Miammmmm!!

  15. Susan says:

    A simple and delicious-sounding pasta dish! I love the coffee man’s sign.

  16. Alaiyo Kiasi says:

    This is a welcoming dish to present to the family after a long day of work and school. Pasta is a stand-by, quick meal for us, but this dish would thoroughly impress the boys (my husband and son). We could even invite company over for this one! 🙂 Thanks for the idea Joumana.

  17. bergamot says:

    Never tried pumpkin & pasta as a combination but will think about it now. The color added to pasta by the pumpkin is wonderful.

  18. Katie@Cozydelicious says:

    I love the combo of pumpkin and feta – always yummy! And with pasta? Perfect! Such a quick, tasty meal.

  19. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    Love your coffee man. I have a pumpkin in my cold room that I should make into some pasta!

  20. Kathy says:

    Joumana, This really appeals to me…love the idea of pumpkin as the sauce!
    I have been really enjoying your photos of Lebanon…your coffee man is wonderful!

  21. Magic of Spice says:

    What a truly delicious sounding pasta dish…looks fantastic!

  22. Sharisse says:

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. You keep me inspired to try new things. Love your blog!

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