Pumpkin Penne Pasta

Pumpkin recipes are a must in the Fall. And this Penne Pasta in a Creamy Pumpkin Sauce does not disappoint! Ready in 30 minutes!

pumpkin penne pasta

The Fall season is upon us which means my spouse wants pumpkin everything. Instead of the usual pumpkin baked goods, I decided to make us some Pumpkin Penne Pasta.

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I decided to use Penne Pasta because I had a box of it on hand. But for this recipe, you can use whatever kind of pasta you want.

Rotini or Bow Tie (Farfalle) pasta would go great with this creamy pumpkin sauce. Whatever kind of pasta you decide to use for this recipe, just make sure you cook the pasta al dente.

pumpkin penne pasta

When making pasta, it’s important to cook the pasta al dente to ensure to best texture possible. If you are not familiar with the term “al dente”, it means cooking the pasta so it’s still chewy and firm and that it will hold its shape when the sauce is added to it.

pumpkin penne pasta with toast

The surprise ingredient in this pumpkin pasta recipe is the hot sauce. While this recipe only calls for 1 teaspoon you might want to adjust or completely leave it out if you don’t want the heat. I usually use Cholula but use whatever you have on hand. Remember a little goes a long way!

noodles in a bowl with a side of toast

If you want to add even more flavor to this delicious dish, you can use some chopped up fresh sage and add it to the creamy pumpkin sauce as well as use some as a garnish.

pumpkin penne pasta

What does better with a great pasta dish than some Cheesy Garlic Bread. This is the best garlic bread you will ever have!

You will need the following ingredients to make this Penne Pumpkin Pasta recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Penne Pasta, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Shallots, Garlic Cloves, Low Sodium Chicken Broth, Pumpkin Puree, Heavy Cream, Hot Sauce, Ground Nutmeg, Ground Cinnamon, Salt, Pepper and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese.

  1. In a saucepan, cook the penne pasta al dente according to the directions on the box.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic, sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and the pumpkin puree. Whisk till combined. Stir in the heavy cream.
  4. Add hot sauce, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Fold in the cooked penne pasta. Add the Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese to taste.

Printable Recipe Card

Pumpkin Penne Pasta

Pumpkin Penne Pasta

Pumpkin recipes are a must in the Fall. And this Penne Pasta in a Creamy Pumpkin Sauce does not disappoint! Ready in 30 minutes!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 660 kcal

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Penne Pasta
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 15 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Tsp Hot Sauce, or to taste
  • ½ Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, Grated

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, cook the penne pasta al dente according to the directions on the box.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic, sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and the pumpkin puree. Whisk till combined. Stir in the heavy cream.
  • Add hot sauce, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  • Fold in the cooked penne pasta. Add the Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 660kcalCarbohydrates: 100gProtein: 20gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 88mgPotassium: 674mgFiber: 8gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 16986IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Peter says:

    This Pumpkin Penne Pasta is one of the best recipes I have ever made. If you like pumpkin then this recipe is a great way to use it. Very tasty and delicious.