Pasta with Pumpkin Cream Sauce is a pasta recipe made with pumpkin cream sauce

Pasta with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

This Pasta with Pumpkin Cream Sauce is my kind of fall comfort food! Pasta swimming in a creamy, pumpkin flavored sauce with Italian sausage and fresh herbs!



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 sage leaves, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a few grinds of fresh black pepper
  • 1 pound penne or rigatoni pasta
  • parmesan cheese for garnish


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to the package directions then drain.
  2. Brown the sausage in a large skillet with the olive oil, breaking up with a wooden spoon into small pieces.
  3. Remove the sausage from the pan and set aside onto a paper towel lined plate.
  4. Add the onion and another tablespoon of olive oil to the same pan and cook for 4-5 minutes until soft.
  5. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more.
  6. Slowly pour in the chicken broth while scraping up the bottom of the pan, then add the pumpkin, cream, sage, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  7. Bring the sauce to a simmer and let cook uncovered for 10 minutes to thicken.
  8. Once the sauce is thickened, add sausage to the sauce.
  9. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet with the sauce and stir to combine.
  10. Garnish with more fresh sage and parmesan cheese.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American