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Pumpkin Pasta is one of the quickest and easiest pasta dishes you can make this fall! It's flavorful, creamy, cheesy, and made with real pumpkin! |

Pumpkin Pasta

  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This delicious Pumpkin Pasta is one of the easiest pasta dishes you can make this fall! Made with real pumpkin, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese, it's flavorful, creamy, cheesy, and just the right amount of savory pumpkin goodness. Ready in 20 minutes, this recipe is ideal for busy weeknights or cozy Sunday dinners.


  • 1 pound pasta, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream 
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated


  1. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes until al dente, or according to package instructions. Reserve 1 ½ cups of the pasta water and drain. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet or saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté for about 20-30 seconds until fragrant. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add pumpkin puree, tomato pasta, 1 cup of the reserved pasta water, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and bring mixture to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat down to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in heavy cream and cinnamon. If the sauce feels too thick, stir in some water until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Add in the drained pasta and toss to combine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.


How to store: Keep any leftover pumpkin pasta in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

How to reheat: Reheat creamy pumpkin pasta in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until warmed through. You may need to add a bit more water or broth if the sauce thickens too much during storage. If you’re in a rush, you can also heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.

How to freeze: Let the pasta cool completely before storing in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, allow the pasta to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating according to the instructions above.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: pumpkin pasta, creamy pumpkin pasta, pasta with pumpkin