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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce with Sage Breadcrumbs

This Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce recipe is so decadent and a perfect balance of sweet and savory. Made with garlic, shallot, pumpkin puree, vegetable broth, and heavy cream that all come together in a delicious sauce. Topped with crunchy toasted sage breadcrumbs for a perfect easy dinner.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 227kcal
Author: Haley


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 shallot finely minced
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil, divided


  • Make the breadcrumbs: Heat olive oil over medium-low heat and add the sage and breadcrumbs. Cook, stirring often until toasted, about 5-6 minutes. 
  • Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a 3-finger pinch of salt, and cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and drain the remaining.

To make the sauce:

  • Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Once warmed, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, followed by the minced garlic and shallots. Sauté for about 2 minutes until very fragrant.
  • Add the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes until it has deepened in color – this will deepen the pumpkin flavor.
  • Add the veggie broth and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, another 5 minutes. 
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and let it all come together for a few minutes, the residual starch from the pasta will finish thickening the sauce. If it gets too thick, use some reserved cooking water from the pasta to loosen it back up.



Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 534mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 10065IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pasta, Pumpkin, Sauce