Pumpkin Pasta

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Pumpkin Pasta- creamy pumpkin pasta with Parmesan cheese and crispy garlic breadcrumbs. This easy pasta recipe is the perfect fall meal, so cozy and comforting!

pumpkin pasta in skillet with wooden spoon and Parmesan cheese.

I love making pumpkin recipes during the fall months. I usually go sweet instead of savory because I have so many favorites like pumpkin chocolate chip bread, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin bundt cake. But I also love using pumpkin in savory dishes.

This Pumpkin Pasta recipe is a fall favorite and easy to make. The pumpkin sauce is SO creamy and comforting. I top the pasta with Parmesan cheese and crispy garlic breadcrumbs to elevate the overall flavor of the pasta.

Carbs, pumpkin, cheese, this pasta dish checks all of the boxes for major deliciousness. Enjoy as an easy weeknight meal or serve to friends and family. It is a great meal for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any fall day!

ingredients in bowls to make pumpkin pasta.

Pasta Ingredients

  • Pasta– I like to use rigatoni, but any pasta will work.
  • Olive oil– for sautéing. You can use butter if you want!
  • Shallot– you can find shallots by the garlic at the grocery store.
  • Garlic– use 4 to 5 cloves, you want the pasta to have plenty of garlic flavor.
  • Rosemary– pumpkin and rosemary are a match made in heaven!
  • Crushed red pepper flakes– for a little heat.
  • Pumpkin puree– you will need one 15 oz can.
  • Vegetable broth– I use vegetable broth, but chicken broth will work too.
  • Heavy cream– to give the pumpkin sauce a rich and creamy flavor.
  • Nutmeg– just a pinch! A little goes a long way.
  • Parmesan cheese– use freshly grated Parmesan cheese, the good stuff!
toasted garlic breadcrumbs in skillet.

Garlic Breadcrumbs

The garlic breadcrumbs take the pasta to a whole new level! Don’t skip them. They are easy to make too. You will need:

  • Butter– to flavor the breadcrumbs.
  • Breadcrumbs– finely torn ciabatta or French bread. Stale bread is fine too.
  • Garlic– minced.
  • Kosher salt– to finish and enhance all of the flavors.

While the pasta is cooking, make the garlic breadcrumbs. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the bread and cook, stirring occasionally, until bread is golden brown and toasted. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt, to taste. Set aside.

shallot, garlic, herbs, and crushed red pepper sautéing in olive oil in cast iron skillet.

How to Make Pumpkin Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water, drain pasta, and set aside.
  • To make the sauce. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the shallot and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, rosemary, and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute.
pumpkin pasta sauce in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon.
  • Add the pumpkin and 1 cup of vegetable broth. Stir until combined.
pumpkin pasta sauce with heavy cream in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon.
  • Stir in the heavy cream and season with salt, pepper, and pinch of nutmeg.
pumpkin pasta in cast iron skillet with Parmesan cheese with wooden spoon.
  • Add the cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese. Stir until combined. Add a little pasta water, if necessary.
  • Serve warm with the garlic breadcrumbs and extra Parmesan cheese.

Variations

  • Add sausage, chicken, or white beans for protein.
  • Add more herbs. Thyme, parsley, and basil are all great options.
  • Use Pecorino Romano instead of Parmesan cheese.
  • Top the pasta with toasted pecans, candied pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts.

Serving Suggestions

Serve any of the following dishes with the pasta for a delicious meal.

How to Store

Let the pasta cool and store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop in a skillet. If the pasta is too thick, you can add a splash of broth, water, or heavy cream.

Store the breadcrumbs in a container on the counter for up to 5 days.

pumpkin pasta with toasted breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in bowl with forks.

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Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy pumpkin pasta with Parmesan cheese and crispy garlic breadcrumbs. This easy pasta recipe is the perfect fall meal, so cozy and comforting!
4.70 from 20 votes

Ingredients
  

For the pasta:

For the garlic breadcrumbs:

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cups finely torn ciabatta or French bread
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta to al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water, drain pasta, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, make the garlic breadcrumbs. In a large skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the bread and cook, stirring occasionally, until bread is golden brown and toasted. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt, to taste. Set aside.
  • To make the sauce. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the shallot and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, rosemary, and crushed red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the pumpkin and 1 cup of vegetable broth. Stir until combined. Stir in the heavy cream and season with salt, pepper, and pinch of nutmeg.
  • Add the cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese. Stir until combined. Add a little pasta water, if necessary.
  • Serve warm with the garlic breadcrumbs and extra Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 645kcal, Carbohydrates: 102g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 45mg, Sodium: 838mg, Potassium: 470mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 11677IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 171mg, Iron: 5mg
Keywords pasta, pumpkin

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Pumpkin pasta is a delightful twist to traditional recipes! The creamy pumpkin sauce adds a rich, savory flavor, making it a perfect fall dish. It’s not just delicious but also a creative way to incorporate seasonal produce into a comforting meal. Definitely a must-try for pasta lovers!”

  2. 5 stars
    This has become a favorite. I have had to modify a tad (because of an onion migraine reaction) so I just use garlic and sometimes butter instead of the olive oil, I don’t saute anything, just add the garlic at the end. I also add a touch of French thyme instead of rosemary, or both. This combo with the nutmeg and parmesean is so good! Pumpkin is super healthy too. The texture is really smooth too.