IMHO, pasta is the quickest way to nourish your soul while devouring lots of fresh, seasonal ingredients. You just can’t go wrong with a warm bowl of satisfying carbs combined with colorful veggies—it sets off all the pleasure receptors in the brain. Since October is nearly upon us, let’s cruise into fall with these absolutely delectable pumpkin pasta recipes.
Though I love pasta during every season, there’s something extra special about making an indulgent pasta dish as the weather starts to get crisp and cozy. And what ingredient says fall more than pumpkin?
The creamy consistency and savory-meets-sweet flavors of roasted pumpkin are a feast for the senses. It’s practically autumn on a plate.
You’ll want to bookmark these pumpkin pasta dishes, whether you’re planning a dinner party or looking to treat yourself to a seriously delicious weeknight dinner for one. Consider this your “fall eats bucket list,” and enjoy them before the season is over. We’ve included vegan and vegetarian options as well, so that everyone can enjoy this utterly delicious flavor combination.
Keep reading for our 10 favorite pumpkin pasta recipes…
Brown Butter Pumpkin Pasta
Why we love it: It couldn’t be easier to make this warming, too-good-to-be-true pasta. Put a new twist on the classic fall pumpkin flavor by peeling it, roasting chunks with honey, and tossing it into the pasta. The nutty brown butter sauce takes less than five minutes to make and packs a flavorful punch.
Hero ingredient: Don’t skip the fresh sage.
Pumpkin Cheese Stuffed Pasta Bolognese Bake from Half Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Can’t you practically smell this pasta bake through the screen? It doesn’t get much cozier than his dish. Jumbo shells are stuffed with pumpkin, cheese, and fresh sage then baked in a spicy bolognese-style sauce. Yum!
Hero ingredient: The sauce is spicy, creamy, and damn delicious.
Pumpkin Lasagna Roll-Ups with Crispy Sage from How Sweet Eats
Why we love it: It’s a cheesy, squashy, savory, saucy delight sprinkled with crispy sage. What a dream! This cute dish is easy to portion out and loaded with delicious flavors like ricotta, parmesan, and sage that is then covered in a béchamel sauce with a touch of nutmeg.
Hero ingredient: The crispy, delicate sage leaves add a bit of lovely savoriness.
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Caramelized Hazelnut Mushrooms from Full of Plants
Why we love it: This ultra-comforting pumpkin pasta recipe is a rustic feast. Soy-glazed mushrooms and caramelized hazelnuts are mixed with creamy pumpkin fusilli to make a perfect fall meal.
Hero ingredient: Golden brown and crunchy caramelized hazelnuts.
Vegan Pumpkin Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Minimalist Baker
Why we love it: Is there anything more comforting than macaroni and cheese? This grown-up take on the classic only requires 10 ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make. You can easily roast the pumpkin yourself or buy a canned pumpkin to save time.
Hero ingredient: A pinch of pumpkin pie spice adds warmth and depth of flavor.
Why we love it: This is the best dinner to come home to on a chilly fall evening. It’s cozy, is full of fall flavors and nourishing ingredients, and is pretty easy to whip together on a busy weeknight! Treat yourself.
Hero ingredient: The sage is technically a garnish, but it’s too good to skip.
Pumpkin Cauliflower Gnocchi with Nutty Browned Butter and Whipped Ricotta from Half Baked Harvest
Why we love it: Making this gnocchi is much easier than it looks, trusts us. It’s a cozy, and delicious recipe that uses mashed cauliflower, pumpkin puree, flour, parmesan, and eggs. Simple enough! Light, pillowy gnocchi is the perfect thing to eat on a cozy night in.
Hero ingredient: The delicious, nutty hazelnut and sage browned butter sauce.
Pumpkin & Chickpea Pasta with Creamy Miso Sauce from Full of Plants
Why we love it: Warm your soul with this sumptuous pumpkin pasta dish. Roasted pumpkin, crispy chickpeas, and fettuccine in a creamy white miso sauce make for a seriously joy-inducing dinner.
Hero ingredient: Crispy chickpeas dusted in aromatic spices.
Pumpkin Cacio e Pepe from How Sweet Eats
Why we love it: If you thought that a traditional cacao e Pepe couldn’t be improved upon, then think again! This is a simple, flavorful, and unexpected twist on the classic Roman dish that you’ll come back to again and again.
Hero ingredient: A few grates of nutmeg help to bring out the mild pumpkin flavor.
Pumpkin and Pancetta Pasta Bake from Stuck in the Kitchen
Why we love it: Indulge in this cheesy, flavorful pasta recipe next time you’re stuck inside on a stormy night. The taste of pancetta, pumpkin, garlic, sage, and toasted walnuts come together for an almost over-the-top delicious flavor profile.
Hero ingredient: Salty pancetta can’t be beaten.
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