Easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Combine a few ingredients with pumpkin puree to make an easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce. Serve it over fettuccine, penne, spaghetti or any of your favorite noodles for a creamy and delicious meal!

skillet with pumpkin pasta in it

Creamy homemade pumpkin sauce is easy to make. Combine a few ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge with pumpkin puree to create an easy and delicious meal. Even non pumpkin lovers will love this sauce!

This pumpkin pasta sauce recipe is made with a few basic ingredients. It comes together in less than 20 minutes and is served with your favorite type of pasta.

It’s a quick, easy and delicious dinner recipe!

ingredients for pumpkin pasta sauce

Ingredient Notes

  • Heavy Cream – You can use half and half or a mixture of milk and heavy cream, if desired.
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese – Use freshly grated Parmesan for the best texture and flavor.
  • Pumpkin Puree – You can use canned pumpkin puree of fresh homemade pumpkin puree. Do not use pumpkin pie filling.
  • Pasta – Any type of pasta works well with this sauce. Whole wheat pasta noodles are a good choice. You can also use gluten-free noodles.
  • Spices – You can omit nutmeg, if desired or even add a dash of cinnamon.
  • Garlic – Freshly minced garlic tastes the best.

You can substitute the pumpkin with butternut squash puree to make an easy butternut squash pasta sauce.

mixing together ingredients fo pasta sauce in a skillet

Tips for Making Pumpkin Sauce

  • Adjust ingredients to fit your taste. Add more heavy cream to make the creamy pumpkin pasta sauce thinner or more pumpkin puree to make it thicker.
  • Serve the pasta with protein like chicken or sausage.
  • Storing leftovers: Store leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat on low heat to warm. You can also freeze the sauce separately or with the pasta for up to 3 months.
  • Make it healthier: You can cut back on the cheese or heavy cream slightly to make it healthier.
close up shot of creamy pumpkin pasta in a pan

Once you make this pasta sauce once, you will want to make it again and again. It’s an impressive meal that requires little prep. Whisk together this easy dinner in less than 25 minutes and enjoy.

pumpkin pasta on a white plate with a fork on the side

Best Pumpkin Recipes

Enjoy the taste of pumpkin season with your favorite pumpkin recipes. Try this meal and let us know what you think!

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skillet with pumpkin pasta in it

Easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Combine a few ingredients to create a creamy pumpkin sauce that you can mix together with your favorite pasta noodles!
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 pound pasta
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree*
  • Fresh sage, chopped (optional)


  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  • While pasta is cooking, in a medium sized skillet over medium low heat, melt butter. Add minced garlic and cook until just fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in heavy cream and bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally until it starts to thicken.
  • Add in salt, black pepper, nutmeg and grated Parmesan and whisk gently until the cheese has melted completely.
  • Add pumpkin and stir until it has been incorporated completely. Add pasta to post and toss to coat. Garnish with chopped fresh sage and enjoy!


*PUMPKIN PUREE: You can use up to one full can of pumpkin puree, depending on how taste for pumpkin flavor.  
  • This dish tastes great with any kind of pasta.
  • Serve it with Italian sausage or chicken for additional protein and flavor.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
  • To freeze, cool the dish completely, then store in a freezer safe container for up to three months. The sauce can also be frozen separately. To reheat, stir over low heat to prevent it from curdling. 
  • If the sauce gets too thick while cooking or reheating, just thin it out with some water.


Calories: 592kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 29g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 96mg, Sodium: 635mg, Potassium: 316mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 7381IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 292mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Ashley C.
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4 comments on “Easy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce”

  1. Wow! This pasta was out of this world! Pumpkin pasta sauce is a new favorite at our house!

  2. This dish was insane. LOVED the flavors everything was so balanced. Delicious!

  3. This was so good with some leftover fettuccine noodles we had from dinner last week! YUM!

  4. Love how quickly this comes together! The best fall inspired pasta dish!

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