Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

Mmmm…give me all the pumpkins this time of year!!  Do you know what else you can give me?  All the bacon too!  I like to use turkey bacon with my Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta, but for sure you can use regular pork bacon if that floats your boat more.  Either way you do it, you will love it!  A savory way to enjoy pumpkin in the fall is one of my favorite pleasures this time of year.  Enjoy! xo


Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

  • Author: Mix and Match Mama
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


Pumpkin and bacon make the perfect fall pasta recipe sure to please the whole family!



  • 1 pound pasta (I used whole wheat penne)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 slices of bacon
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup of pumpkin (I used Libby’s)
  • about 3 tablespoons half and half or cream (even milk works!)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus a bit more to garnish
  • a handful of chopped basil


  1. Bring one large pot of water up to a boil for your pasta. Drop pasta in and cook 5-7 minutes until al dente.
  2. In another large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Place bacon in pan and crisp up on both sides. Once crispy, remove bacon to a paper towel to drain. Add onion and garlic to your bacon drippings in the skillet and saute 4 to 5 minutes. (If you’re using turkey bacon, you might need to add another drizzle of EVOO in there.)
  3. Once onion is sauteed, pour in chicken stock to de-glaze your pan. Lower heat to low and let chicken stock simmer 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in your pumpkin and heat through about 3 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, break bacon into bite-sized pieces.  Set aside.
  6. Drain your pasta and add to pumpkin mixture.  Stir in your half and half and Parm.
  7. Finally, add back in your crispy bacon pieces and basil.Remove from skillet, ladle pasta into bowls and serve with maybe with a little more Parmesan and basil if you like.


For this recipe, you can use either pork bacon or turkey bacon.  We keep mostly turkey bacon in our house, so that’s what I used.

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  • Narci October 16, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Well, this looks super yummy!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 16, 2019 at 6:26 am

    So perfect for fall! Who would’ve thought to pair bacon and pasta? Sounds delicious! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • The Andersons October 16, 2019 at 7:15 am

    This looks so good and we actually have everything we need to make it tonight!

  • Gretchen October 16, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Hey shay I need help I am trying to figure out my daughters birthday dinner. She has requested your Pretzel crusted chicken ( a family favorite of ours) but I can’t figure out a side. What side would you serve with it? Also for desert she loves anything chocolate and Oreo. What would you make?

  • Tara October 16, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Hey shay can you do an update on madeleys health? Was everything you were told about her health prior to adoption wrong?

  • Kaylee October 16, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Hey shay for apple butter does it matter what kind of apple you use? We went apple picking last weekend and now we have 5 pounds of apples all different kinds.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 17, 2019 at 5:01 am

      For this recipe, I don’t think so. Some apples to hold up to baking and get mushy, but you’re turning this into “mush” basically, so use your variety!

  • Gwen October 16, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Hi! So Im going out of town to visit my mom and I wanted to leave my husband and two 4 year old kids a meal in the freezer to heat up for next Friday when I’m gone. I am trying to make a dish that I can double and make this Friday so that I will have a meal In the freezer for them. If you were picking one of your casseroles that would be good to freeze and reheat which one would you pick?

  • Annie October 16, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Hey shay I made CRESCENT ROLL CASSEROLE and My 18 month old daughter Kallyn LOVED IT!

  • Sam October 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Hey shay Do you know your adoptive daughters birth weights. We are in the process of adopting from Germany and I have my biological daughters birthweight engraved on a racket and I would really love to be able to get my soon to be daughters on there too.