It’s finally fall and that means all the pumpkin flavors you can handle. This recipe may seem surprising, but having used pumpkin purée with pasta before I hoped it would turn out as delicious as it did. The pumpkin gives this pasta dish an undeniable creaminess that won’t have you thinking twice about it being dairy-free.
This recipes does use almond milk, but you could substitute that for any type of dairy substitute you like. I typically have almond milk on hand so I went with that out of convenience. Since this recipe only calls for 1/2 a cup of pumpkin purée, keep in mind that you can save the leftover purée for future recipes like vegan pumpkin bread or muffins.
I love combining pumpkin with garlic. It creates such a surprising flavor combination that will leave even pumpkin-haters in awe. Savory with a tid bit of sweet really makes this pasta dish pop, and I can’t wait to make it again this season. I hope you enjoy!
Vegan Pumpkin Alfredo
4-6 servings of fettuccine cooked and drained (I used gluten free fettuccine for this, but you can use whatever pasta you have on hand)
1/2 cup pumpkin purée (I used canned)
1/2 cup almond milk (or other milk substitute)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2-4 fresh sage leaves (2 for cooking, 2 for garnish if desired)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cornstarch to thicken if needed
1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat.
2. Once heated add the garlic and 2 sage leaves. Cook until fragrant about 2 minutes.
3. Add pumpkin purée and stir to combine.
4. Slowly pour in almond milk and mix. Mix in spices.
5. Let simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken sauce. If sauce does not thicken add cornstarch, about 1 tsp at a time to desired consistency.
6. Once the sauce is finished, mix in the cooked pasta. Serve immediately.