This pumpkin pasta is the perfect fall comfort meal. It’s creamy, vegan, simple to make, and ready in under an hour!
This time of year makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside– from the tastes to the smells and everything in between, autumn is my absolute favorite season.
Sweet pumpkin recipes are all the rage, so we wanted to show the savory pumpkin recipe some love. This creamy vegan pumpkin pasta is the perfect savory fall meal. Plus, it’s packed with protein and fiber! We suggest using fresh herbs as their flavors enhance the dish and truly bring a recipe to life. In addition, your taste buds will be buzzing bite after bite!
Here’s What You Need:
Pasta: We used medium shells for this recipe, but you can use any pasta that you prefer or have on hand.
Garlic and Onion: The simple yet essential aromatic flavor base to start this dish off right.
Vegetable Broth: You can use store-bought or homemade. We have a recipe here for you to try.
Pumpkin Puree: Canned pumpkin works great for this recipe. If you want to use fresh, you can always roast a sugar pumpkin and puree it on your own. If you don’t have access to either, you can always roast and puree a butternut squash or similar variety.
Cauliflower: Used in our creamy sauce. If you’re looking for a substitution, you can also use potatoes.
Cashews: Adelicious dairy-free alternative to heavy cream! You can use it in both sweet and savory applications, and it’s pretty neutral in flavor so that it won’t overpower the dish.
Another creamy element of our pumpkin sauce. If you are in a pinch and haven’t soaked your cashews overnight, you can do a quick soak with boiling water for about 10-15 minutes. If you don’t have cashews or have a nut allergy, you can also swap them for raw sunflower seeds.
Herbs & Spices: Fresh sage and thyme are key to making the flavor of this recipe pop. If you can’t use fresh herbs, you can use dry with 1 tbsp for every 1 tsp fresh.
Optional Toppings: We like to serve our pumpkin pasta with a sprinkle of vegan parmesan cheese, ground pepper, and red pepper flakes.
This pumpkin pata is the perfect fall comfort meal. It’s creamy, vegan, simple to make, and ready in under an hour!
1 cup steamed cauliflower
1/2 cup raw cashews
Boiling hot water (to soak the cashews)
16 oz. pasta of choice (gluten-free as needed)
2 tablespoons cooking oil or vegan butter
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup white onion
1 teaspoon fresh sage leaves
1 sprig of fresh thyme
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
If you haven’t already, steam the cauliflower until fork tender. While that cooks, add the cashews to a small bowl or pot and pour over boiling hot water. Allow the cashews to soak for 20 minutes to soften. Drain both and set them aside for later.
In a large pan over medium heat, add in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil or vegan butter along with the onions, garlic sage, thyme, and a pinch of salt. Sauté until fragrant and the onions are translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
In a large pan over medium heat, add in 2 tablespoons of cooking oil or vegan butter, onions, and garlic. Sauté until fragrant, and the onions are translucent about 3-4 minutes.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in your pasta and cook according to the packaging instructions.
Transfer the onion mixture into a high-speed blender, along with the soaked cashews, steamed cauliflower, vegetable broth, pumpkin puree, nutritional yeast, fresh sage, fresh thyme, salt and black pepper. Blend until smooth and set aside.
Line a small plate with a paper towel. In the same pan, prepare the fried sage. Over medium heat, add in the vegan butter and allow it to melt and warm through. Add in the sage leaves and sizzle until crispy and fragrant, about 1 to 3 minutes. Remove the sage and transfer it onto the paper towel-lined plate to cool and drain off excess oil. Leave the sage butter in the pan.
Add the cooked pasta into the pan along with a splash of pasta water and the pumpkin sauce and mix until uniform.
Serve the pasta topped with the fried sage and any other toppings of choice. Enjoy!
Nutrition facts take into consideration the addition of the fried sage.
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