This Pumpkin Pasta Sauce is easy, delicious, and flavored with warm fall spices and Parmesan. Serve it over your favorite pasta for an easy dinner with a punch of pumpkin goodness!

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Bowl of pumpkin pasta sauce and noodles with parm cheese and sage on top

It’s officially pumpkin season!

The nights are colder. The days are shorter. Target is overrun with fall decorations and the kids are all talking about their halloween costumes.

Yep. Fall is here, so it is time for pumpkin recipes to take over the world and the internet. And I am going to add this Pumpkin Pasta Sauce into the mix.

Pumpkin seems to be all the rage for sweet baked goods, but it can have a savory side, too, that can add some serious flavor and oodles of nutrients to a dish with minimal effort.

Including in this Pumpkin Pasta Sauce. It has the lovely flavor of pumpkin, made creamy with a little coconut cream and warm fall spices! Add a little parmesan cheese and stir in your favorite pasta and the perfect fall dinner is made easy peasy.

pumpkin sauce in a skillet

Health benefits of pumpkin

Known for its brilliant bright, orange color and distinct flavor, pumpkin is a fall favorite ingredient. However, it adds so much to this pumpkin pasta sauce beyond its pretty color and fall feels…

  • High in beta-carotene, which is then converted to vitamin A in the body.  Vitamin A is essential for eye health, so add some pumpkin to your diet for the sake of those peepers!
  • High in vitamin C. Yep, oranges aren’t the only plant that can help boost your immune system!
  • Loaded with fiber. There are 7 grams of fiber in a cup of canned pumpkin.
pumpkin pasta sauce being tossed with noodles in pan

Suggested adaptations for making Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

  • Make it dairy-free. You can sub parmesan cheese in this recipe with a vegan cheese or omit the cheese all together!
  • Replace the coconut cream with heavy cream. If you prefer, or it’s what you have on hand.
  • Sub the pumpkin puree with butternut squash puree. I find that they are both pretty interchangeable in a recipe!
  • Add some extra veggie goodness by adding cooked & pureed carrots to the sauce! This might require a little extra work but it can totally be worth it if you are trying to get more veggies into your life!

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A bowl of pumpkin pasta sauce with parm cheese and sage on top
5 from 5 votes

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
This Pumpkin Pasta Sauce recipe is easy, delicious, flavored with warm fall spices and Parmesan. Serve it over your favorite pasta for an easy dinner with a punch of pumpkin goodness!


  • 1 tbsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh minced sage, plus extra for garnish if desired
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and to taste
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (not pumpkin filling)
  • 1/4 cup stock or broth
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream, or sub heavy cream if you like
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated, for serving (omit for a dairy-free option)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add oil into a large pot or skillet and heat over medium heat. When oil is hot, add garlic and sage and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the pumpkin, broth, cinnamon, nutmeg and coconut cream and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and let sauce bubble until it thickens up to your desired consistency, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss with your favorite cooked pasta and serve. Top with extra minced sage and parmesan cheese if desired. Top with meat or veggies as desired.
Calories: 163kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 211mg, Potassium: 188mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 7729IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 139mg, Iron: 1mg