Rotini with Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce


This creamy pumpkin pasta sauce, spiked with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese, is a great fall alternative to traditional tomato-based sauce. Here, we serve it with pasta, but it can also be used on pizza or as a dipping sauce alongside fresh-baked breadsticks.

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
Photo: Will Dickey
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat rotini or penne pasta

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 large shallots, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary or sage

  • 1 cup unseasoned pumpkin puree

  • ¾ cup vegetable broth

  • 4 tablespoons half-and-half

  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 8 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta,

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add herbs and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  3. Reduce heat to low and whisk in pumpkin, broth, half and half, vinegar, pepper, salt and 4 tablespoons Parmesan; cook, stirring constantly, until reduced and thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the pasta and enough of the reserved cooking water to achieve desired consistency. Divide among 4 bowls and top each with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

358 Calories
9g Fat
57g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 358
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 8g 29%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Vitamin A 7784IU 156%
Vitamin C 4mg 4%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 15mcg 4%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 477mg 21%
Calcium 162mg 12%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 406mg 9%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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