Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

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Homemade Cheesy and Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce served over pasta makes the perfect fall dish that your whole family will love.

Homemade Cheesy and Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce served over pasta makes the perfect fall dish your whole family will love.

Welcome to your new favorite pasta dish for the fall!  How was your weekend? Mine was great but COLD…very cold.  Don’t judge me, but my Christmas tree as well as all of my holiday decorations have made their appearance.  I held out as long as I could and just couldn’t wait any longer.  My nine foot tall tree is there in my living room in all it’s glory…with the beautiful, colorful lights gleaming so bright that you can see from all the way down the street.  All of you, along with all of my neighbors, are judging me…I can feel it.  I love the Christmas season so much and just like to see it last as long as possible.  Nothing wrong with that, right?!  I’ll keep telling myself that.

This Pumpkin Alfredo dish I’m sharing with you today is an easy, no-fuss dish you can make right at home.  I have already made it several times so you can trust me that this is worth your while.   It’s also on the cheaper side to make and quick for a weeknight meal.  It contains  simple ingredients and the sauce is SO great that you can use it in a variety of creative ways.  This pumpkin Alfredo sauce renders a smooth, rich coating on the pasta and the pepper adds some spark to the richness of the sauce.  The flavors in this sauce are just perfection.

Serve this with a side of fresh broccoli or cauliflower if you make it (and you really should).  Enjoy!

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta
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Serves: 4
 
Cheesy and Creamy Pumpkin Sauce similar to an Alfredo sauce and served over pasta makes the perfect fall dish your whole family will love.
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces of noodles (I use linguine or fettuccine)
  • 2 Tablespoon butter (unsalted)
  • 2 shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream (can use half and half)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated or shredded (plus more for garnishing)
  • ½ cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in a sauce pan. Add minced shallots and garlic and sauté for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add pumpkin puree, nutmeg and ginger to pan and stir to combine.
  4. Add milk and cream to the pan and stir to combine.
  5. Raise heat and cook until mixture just begins to boil. Keep stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn at the bottom.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Mixture should begin to thicken and slightly reduce.
  7. Stir in cheeses and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Spoon sauce over noodles, garnish wish some extra Parmesan, and serve immediately.

Recipe source:  slightly adapted from dinner-mom.com

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

30 Responses to “Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta”

  1. November 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM #

    Now this looks like a delicious bowl of comfort food! Take Care

  2. November 10, 2014 at 7:47 AM #

    I love your Christmas tree pride. Go, you! 😀 And this looks SO creamy!

  3. November 10, 2014 at 8:40 AM #

    I love Alfredo sauce but the idea of pumpkin Alfredo sauce seriously blows my mind. This looks amazing!

  4. November 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

    Mmmmm. Pumpkin Alfredo sounds wonderful!
    I love the creamy goodness!

  5. November 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

    I’m not judging! I keep asking my family when can we get the decorations up! I just love the Christmas holiday so much I want it to last longer! This pasta is a family favorite as well!

  6. November 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM #

    I could have eaten at least servings of this over the weekend! It was cold and windy around here, and this pasta looks like comfort food at its best!

  7. November 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM #

    This looks RIGHT up my alleyway!!

  8. November 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM #

    I love alfredo sauce…and the addition of pumpkin sends this completely over the top! Looks amazing!

  9. November 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM #

    Oh yes, I’m loving the idea of a creamy alfredo infused with pumpkin! I want.

  10. Sheryl
    November 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM #

    Wow, does this sound great! Brilliant!

  11. November 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM #

    I am so with you – I think we should start celebrating Christmas as early as possible to make it last as long as possible – what do you think about just skipping Halloween and starting Christmas in September? 🙂
    This holiday season, its nice to have quick and easy recipes like this on hand – thanks Ashley!

  12. November 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM #

    This is so different. I would make it!

  13. November 10, 2014 at 10:44 AM #

    I might make this for dinner tonight! Sounds delicious!

  14. Ginny McMeans
    November 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

    I think it is so fun that your Christmas tree is up already. Your Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta is so original too!

  15. November 10, 2014 at 11:52 AM #

    Alfredo Pasta with pumpkin; sounds fantastic.

    I won’t judge you for putting up the Xmas tree early, as long as you won’t judge me for leaving the Xmas tree up until early January 🙂

  16. November 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM #

    I’ve been wanting to try a pumpkin type sauce for the family for a long time, haven’t yet tried it, but yours looks great!

  17. November 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM #

    We haven’t brought out the Christmas decorations yet, but we are diving into pumpkin dishes at every turn. This pasta dish looks like the ultimate comfort food.

  18. November 10, 2014 at 2:55 PM #

    This is the perfect comforting dish! It looks insanely creamy. I hate this cold weather, but I’m not mentally prepared for my Christmas decorations. Not yet anyway.

  19. November 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM #

    What a great pasta dish for this time of year, so comforting and healthy!

  20. November 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM #

    My Christmas tree would totally be up if it weren’t for my husband. 🙂 I’d eat a big bowl of this while sitting by it!

  21. November 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM #

    I make a pumpkin cream sauce thats similar to this and is awesome, so I just know this recipe will rock too!

  22. November 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM #

    Ooh, I love alfredo and adding pumpkin sounds even better!

  23. November 10, 2014 at 11:23 PM #

    Love the idea of using pumpkin in a cream sauce!

  24. November 11, 2014 at 12:32 PM #

    Delicious! I love using pumpkin to make a creamy pasta sauce.

  25. November 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM #

    ooo I’m judging….. totally.. haha just kidding. 😉 I’m still in the “ALL THINGS PUMPKIN” mode so this pasta is perfect!

  26. November 11, 2014 at 11:47 PM #

    This pasta looks fabulous, and something I never would’ve thought of Ashley! I can’t believe you put up your tree already! I am totally not judging! I am just not that organized and prepared! Hahaha!

    • November 11, 2014 at 11:55 PM #

      I’m the least organized/prepared person in the world. I just make my Christmas decorations a priority 😉

  27. November 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM #

    I love creamy pumpkin sauce with pasta – looks fantastic! I’m holding out on the tree until the day after Thanksgiving … so for now I’m settling with watching Christmas movies! 🙂

  28. November 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM #

    I love everything about this….pumpkin and alfredo sauce belong together. I just never knew it!

  29. November 13, 2014 at 4:43 PM #

    I’m impressed that you have your tree up already. Ours seems to go up later and later each year. Love this pumpkin pasta. The combo of pumpkin, cream, cheese and spices sounds divine!

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