Pumpkin Pastina

Pumpkin Pastina

Try this Italian-inspired hearty main dish with turkey, winter squash, thyme and pastina cooked in flavorful Progresso® chicken broth.

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carton (32 oz) Progresso® chicken broth (4 cups)
tablespoons olive oil
cup finely chopped onion
teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
lb uncooked pastina or other small pasta, such as riso
Salt and pepper
cup winter squash, roasted or 1 box (9 oz) frozen winter squash, thawed
cup cubed cooked turkey, plain or smoked (about 1/4 lb, if desired)
cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and a small piece for garnishing
  1. Bring the broth to a low simmer in a saucepan.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the onion and cook until soft but not brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the thyme; stir, and add 2 cups of the simmering broth. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add the pastina; stir well, and reduce the heat to maintain a slow simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Add simmering broth 1/2 cup at a time as the previous addition is absorbed, and stirring occasionally to prevent the pastina from sticking to the bottom of the pan, until the pasta is al dente, about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the squash and turkey to reheat. Stir well. The consistency should be quite loose, like a thick soup. Add more broth if necessary. Add the 1/2 cup cheese and let melt for a moment before stirring in. Taste for seasoning. If desired, pour into hollowed-out pumpkin for serving; garnish with cheese.
Makes 4 servings (1 1/2 cups each)

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 590
    • (Calories from Fat 130),
  • Total Fat 14g
    • (Saturated Fat 4g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 45mg;
  • Sodium 1540mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 83g
    • (Dietary Fiber 6g,
    • Sugars 7g),
  • Protein 32g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 4 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 2 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 5 1/2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.