Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

PUMPKIN PASTA SAUCE

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This pumpkin pasta sauce screams autumn in a bowl! This creamy pumpkin pasta combines the rich and earthy flavor of pumpkin and the creaminess of cottage cheese with a hint of parmesan cheese to add some tang and nuttiness to the dish. A gentle sprinkling of nutmeg adds a touch of warmth to the pasta sauce. This healthy pumpkin pasta sauce is the essence of the season!

Why You Will Love Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

  • This pumpkin sauce is healthy and lightened up.
  • The sauce is super creamy and flavorful.
  • It is easy to make and comes together quickly.
  • The spices and flavors are balanced.
  • It has the warm, cozy flavors of pumpkin and the fall season.
  • Add it to your favorite pasta or pasta alternative!

What Is Pumpkin Pasta Sauce?

Pumpkin pasta sauce is a homemade creamy sauce that is packed with pumpkin flavor. This sauce is lightened up and made with healthy ingredients. We used fat-free cottage cheese to add creaminess without as much fat as heavy cream or half and half. Also, we used pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. This sauce also contains parmesan cheese, garlic, and sauteed diced onion. It is lightly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It has so many delicious fall flavors!

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Ingredients

Ingredients For Homemade Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
  • Pumpkin Puree: Use one can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Cottage Cheese: Fat-free cottage cheese makes this sauce super creamy.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Pre-grated or freshly grated parmesan cheese will work.
  • Nutmeg: A pinch of nutmeg adds a dimension of flavor.
  • Cinnamon: Ground cinnamon complements the flavors of the sauce.
  • Basil: Adds flavors to the sauce.
  • Salt and Pepper: Season with salt and pepper to enhance the flavors.
  • Butter: Saute the onion and garlic in light butter.
  • Onion: Dice a white onion or sweet onion.
  • Garlic: Crush two cloves of garlic and saute them.

How To Make Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Cook your pasta or pasta alternative while you make the pumpkin sauce.

Then, add the pumpkin puree, fat-free cottage cheese, grated parmesan cheese, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, salt, and pepper to a blender and blend until smooth.

After that, add the light butter to a pan over medium heat on the stove. Then, saute the diced onion in the butter. From there, add the crushed garlic to the pan and saute it.

Onions And Garlic In Pan

Next, add the blended mixture to the pan and thoroughly mix. Heat the sauce in the pan over low heat.

Pumpkin Sauce In Pan

Then, add the rinsed and drained cooked pasta or pasta alternative to the pan with the sauce.

Pumpkin Pasta In A Pan

After that, mix and enjoy!

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

How To Serve

Serve this pumpkin sauce with your favorite pasta or pasta alternative warm in a bowl. Optional: Top it with fresh chopped basil and freshly grated parmesan. Also, this dish would be delicious served with our shaved brussels sprout salad, oven-roasted sweet potatoes, carrot apple salad, and Caesar salad.

Tips For Making Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

  • Use Pumpkin Puree: Make sure to use pumpkin puree in this recipe, not pumpkin pie filling! Pumpkin pie filling often has extra ingredients and can’t be substituted.
  • Blend Until Smooth: Add the sauce ingredients to a blender. Then, blend until smooth and creamy. You don’t want any lumps in the sauce.
  • Make The Pasta At The Same Time: We recommend letting your pasta boil and cook while you make the sauce. Then, when the sauce is done, you can add the rinsed and drained pasta, mix, and enjoy.

How To Use Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Add this pumpkin sauce to your favorite pasta or pasta alternative. You can add this creamy sauce to your favorite cooked pasta. We love enjoying this pasta sauce with Carba Nada and Fiber Gourmet pasta. Also, zucchini noodles, butternut squash noodles, hearts of palm pasta, Palmini Low Carb Pasta, and lentils are other great options. We even love dipping some toasted crusty bread in this sauce or serving it over roasted vegetables for added flavor!

Storage And Reheating

How To Store: If you have any leftover pasta sauce let it cool and then transfer it to an airtight container. Then, store the airtight container in the refrigerator and enjoy this sauce within 3 days. We don’t recommend freezing this sauce.

How To Reheat: Before enjoying this sauce again, re-heat it in a microwave-safe container in the microwave. Or, add it to a saucepan on the stove and heat it up with the cooked pasta or pasta alternative you are serving it with.

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Variations

  • What Cottage Cheese: You can use fat-free, low-fat, or full-fat cottage cheese. We used fat-free cottage cheese and this sauce was super delicious and creamy.
  • What Onion To Use: You can use a white onion or sweet onion for this recipe. Finely dice the onion and saute it in the pan.
  • Make More Sauce: If you need more pasta sauce, you can double this recipe to serve more. Just make sure to store any leftovers in the refrigerator and enjoy within 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Healthy?

This homemade pumpkin pasta sauce recipe is healthy! We used healthy ingredients such as pumpkin puree, cottage cheese, onion, garlic, and spices. There is only a small amount of light butter used to saute the onions and garlic. Also, there is no cream, half-and-half, or cream cheese in this sauce. It is made with simple ingredients and is much healthier than many store-bought options.

Is Pumpkin Sauce Gluten-Free?

This pumpkin sauce itself is naturally gluten-free. To ensure the entire dish will be gluten-free, use gluten-free pasta or a pasta alternative.

How Long Does Homemade Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Last?

This homemade creamy pumpkin pasta sauce will last up to 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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PUMPKIN PASTA SAUCE

Recipe by Shawna
5.0 from 2 votes
Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Calories

146

kcal

This pumpkin pasta sauce screams autumn in a bowl! It combines the rich and earthy flavor of pumpkin while being creamy, healthy, and lightened up.

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Ingredients

  • 1 can pumpkin puree, 15 oz

  • 1 ½ CUPS fat-free cottage cheese

  • 1/4 CUP grated parmesan cheese

  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

  • pinch of cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon basil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1 tablespoon light butter

  • 1/3 CUP sweet or white onion

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 lb of your favorite pasta or pasta alternative

Directions

  • Cook your pasta or pasta alternative while you make the pasta sauce.
  • Add the pumpkin puree, fat-free cottage cheese, grated parmesan cheese, nutmeg, cinnamon, basil, salt, and pepper to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add the light butter to a pan over medium heat on the stove. Then, saute the diced onion in the butter until translucent. After that, add the crushed garlic to the pan and saute it, but make sure not to burn the garlic.
  • Add the blended mixture to the pan and thoroughly mix the sauce. Heat the sauce in the pan over low heat.
  • Add the rinsed and drained cooked pasta or pasta alternative to the pan with the sauce. Then, mix and enjoy! Top with optional fresh parmesan cheese and chopped basil.

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Notes

  • The WW points are per serving and this recipe serves 4. Also, the WW points and calories are for the sauce.
  • WW Points™: 2 points per serving
  • To see your WW Points™ in the WW app for this recipe click here! Or, please manually add the ingredients to the recipe builder.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently. It could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories146
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 3.3g 5%
    • Saturated Fat 2.1g 10%
  • Cholesterol 10mg 4%
  • Sodium 1068mg 45%
  • Total Carbohydrate 15.9g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.9g 8%
    • Sugars 7.7g
  • Protein 14g 29%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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