Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Pumpkin + Alfredo Sauce + Pasta = Fall Dinner of your DREAMS! This creamy pumpkin pasta is surprisingly easy to make. In the time it takes you to cook your pasta, you can make a creamy pumpkin sauce. Don’t forget the toasted herb walnuts to sprinkle on top. They add the perfect crunch.

Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta in pan with text overlay

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Butter. I prefer unsalted, but salted works too. You’ll be able to adjust the salt you add to taste.
  • Minced Garlic
  • Pumpkin Puree. Not Pumpkin Pie filling
  • Chicken or Vegetable Broth. This helps thin out the sauce without needing to add more cream. The sauce is still super creamy but slightly less rich.
  • Heavy Cream. Hello rich, creamy pasta
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese. 
  • Ground Nutmeg. Just a pinch of nutmeg adds a nice nuttiness to Alfredo sauce that helps compliment the cream and parmesan. It’s a double win in this pumpkin sauce because nutmeg pairs wonderfully with pumpkin.
  • Pasta – I prefer a short noodle, like farfalle or penne
  • Herbed Walnuts

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I use a different type of pasta?

Absolutely! You can use any pasta you’d like.

Can I add a protein?

Yes! Chicken would be a great addition.

Bow tie pasta being stirred into the pumpkin sauce

What can I do with the leftover pumpkin puree?

Extra pumpkin puree can be stored in an airtight container or bag (not in the can) in the fridge for 3-4 days, or frozen for months. Here are some recipes to use it in:

Bowl of Pumpkin Pasta with herbed walnuts on top

This recipe is featured in a roundup of Best Pumpkin Recipes. Check it out!

Recipe inspired and adapted from Pinch of Yum’s Pumpkin Rigatoni.

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta


  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Pumpkin + Alfredo Sauce + Pasta = Fall Dinner of your DREAMS! This creamy pumpkin pasta is surprisingly easy to make. Don’t forget the toasted herb walnuts to sprinkle on top. Recipe at KathleensCravings.com


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Ingredients

Pumpkin Alfredo

  • 1 lb pasta (farfalle, rigatoni, penne)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded fresh parmesan cheese, not the stuff from a can
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoons ground nutmeg

Herbed Walnuts

  • 1 cup walnuts (finely chopped*)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (adjust to taste)
  • ground black pepper (to taste)

Instructions

Herbed Walnuts

  1. Preheat Oven. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Toast Walnuts. Place chopped walnuts on a baking sheet in an even layer. Toast in the preheated oven for 7-10 minutes until lightly golden and fragrant. Be careful not to over toast. Remove from oven.
  3. Make the Herbed Walnuts. Toss the toasted walnuts with melted butter, rosemary, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Place back in the oven for about a minute so everything gets nice and toasty, melty, and combined. Remove and set aside.

Pumpkin Pasta

  1. Cook the Pasta. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Start the Pumpkin Alfredo sauce. Heat a very large deep skillet or dutch oven on medium heat. Add the butter. Once melted add the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Just a minute or two. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add the Pumpkin. Add the pumpkin puree and broth. Stir together and simmer until smooth.
  4. Finish the Sauce. Stir in the cream, parmesan, salt, and nutmeg. Simmer for 2 to 4 minutes until smooth and coats the back of a spoon. Season with pepper. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed. Turn off heat.
  5. Toss Pasta. Toss the cooked pasta into the pumpkin sauce.
  6. Serve and Enjoy. Serve pasta in bowls with a good sprinkle of herbed walnuts on top.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

*To finely chop the walnuts you can either use a sharp knife or give a few pulses in the food processor.

  • Category: Main Dish, Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Pumpkin Pasta, Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta, Fall Pumpkin Pasta, Fall Alfredo Pasta



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