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Pumpkin pasta is a fun and easy weeknight meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes! This creamy, flavorful sauce is quick and easy, and works great on any shape of pasta.

pasta in pumpkin sauce on white bowl with fork

Pasta with homemade pumpkin sauce is a really great simple meal. This quick pan sauce comes together in just a few minutes and its creamy, flavorful, and delicious. Its almost like a cross between a homemade mac and cheese and a homemade alfredo. Its thick, creamy, and luscious. Yes, pasta sauce is luscious. 

You can use any shape of pasta that you prefer, but I love a rotini with it so you get as much sauce in each bite as you can.

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white bowl with pumpkin pasta on wooden board with geometric grey napkin

How to make this pasta recipe

This pasta is simple and easy to make! For the full set of directions, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below.

  1. Heat a medium sized skillet with high sides over medium heat. When hot, add the butter and saute the garlic for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  2. Add in the pumpkin puree, cream cheese, and the chicken broth.
  3. Stir in the spices and then turn the heat down to medium low. Allow the sauce to simmer, while stirring occasionally, while you cook the pasta according to package directions. The cream cheese will look chunky and like it will never ever stir into the sauce, but trust me, it will! 
  4. When the pasta is done, and you have drained it, turn off the heat on the pumpkin sauce. Stir in the cream, and then stir in the cooked pasta.
  5. Serve the pasta, and top each serving with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  6. Enjoy! 
making pumpkin sauce for pasta in skillet

How to serve this to your family

This pasta recipe is simple and easy, and a perfect weeknight meal to serve to your family. If you want to add some protein, serve this with some simple grilled chicken or grilled pork chops on the side. 

Serve with a simple salad on the side.

white bowl of pasta with homemade pumpkin sauce. Fork in bowl.

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Inviting kids into the kitchen to help cook is an easy way to help them be more willing to try new foods, and actually enjoy them!

This pasta recipe with pumpkin sauce is great because it is simple with easy to follow steps, and helps kids learn about how to create a pasta sauce.

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure ingredients.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus whisk the sauce and add ingredients to the pan, and plate the meal.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.

overhead view of white bowl with pumpkin pasta

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Yield: 4 servings

Pumpkin Pasta Recipe

pasta in pumpkin sauce on white bowl with fork

Pumpkin pasta is a fun and easy weeknight meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes! Perfect fall flavors in a creamy sauce. Use with any shape of pasta.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces pasta
  • 4 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium sized skillet with high sides over medium heat.
  2. When hot, add the butter and saute the garlic for 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Add in the pumpkin puree, cream cheese, and the chicken broth.
  4. Stir in the spices and then turn the heat down to medium low. Allow the sauce to simmer, while stirring occasionally, while you cook the pasta according to package directions. The cream cheese will look chunky and like it will never ever stir into the sauce, but trust me, it will!
  5. When the pasta is done, and you have drained it, turn off the heat on the pumpkin sauce.
  6. Stir in the cream.
  7. Stir in the cooked pasta.
  8. Serve the pasta, and top each serving with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 437Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 664mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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