This vegan pumpkin pasta is perfect for Fall! A homemade roasted pumpkin sauce is tossed with your favorite pasta, for an easy vegan dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes.
Pasta is one of those foods that never gets old. Plus, there are countless ways you can prepare it, depending on your mood and preferences. So- pasta is pretty much magic.
That's why today I'm sharing my favorite creamy vegan pumpkin pasta recipe with all of you. This tasty dish is perfect for a quick and easy Fall dinner.
Creamy vegan pumpkin pasta
This dish turned out so flavorful, I could hardly believe it. You need just a handful of simple ingredients, and absolutely no complicated preparation methods.
In fact, this dinner will be ready in under 30 minute. But it will taste like it took all day!
The easy pumpkin sauce is made from fresh pumpkin, but you can swap this for the canned variety if you want to for convenience.
There is a hint of earthiness to it and a perfect balance of sweet and savory pumpkin flavors.
Nutritional yeast, a long-term favorite ingredient of mine, adds a wonderful hint of cheesiness.
I also added cashews to this pumpkin pasta for even more creaminess.
But the secret ingredient which takes this pasta to a whole new level is miso paste, which adds a distinctive hint of umami.
What pumpkin variety should I use?
Any pumpkin variety will work for this vegan pumpkin pasta recipe, but I would recommend using a sweet one, such as kabocha, fairytale, or even butternut squash.
You can also use canned pumpkin, the instructions for which are listed below and in the recipe card. Be sure you grab 100% pumpkin puree (like this) and not pumpkin pie filling.
Fresh roasted pumpkin will help you achieve the best possible result in terms of flavor. I like to make my own homemade pumpkin puree and keep it on hand during pumpkin season!
How to Make Pumpkin Pasta
Roast the Pumpkin
Start by roasting the fresh pumpkin. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 F, and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
Cut the pumpkin in half just beside the stem, then remove the seeds and cut it in half once again.
You can now peel it using a vegetable peeler, and proceed to cut into small, bite-sized pieces.
Arrange the pumpkin cubes on the baking tray and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until fully cooked through and fork-tender.
Make the Pumpkin Sauce
To a blender, add the roasted pumpkin, cashews, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, mustard, miso paste, paprika, cumin, lemon juice and plant based milk. Blend until smooth.
Mix together with cooked pasta of your choice, stirring in a large pan over a medium-high heat for a couple of minutes to warm through.
Serve with garnishes of your choice, such as cilantro and chili flakes.
Tips & Variations
If you want to use canned pumpkin, simply add it to the blender with the other ingredients. Use around ½ cup per serving.
You can also boil the pumpkin instead of roasting, which takes around 12-15 minutes.
If you're not using a high-speed blender, you may need to soak the cashews for 3-4 hours beforehand to ensure the smoothest texture.
You can also use full-fat coconut milk instead of cashews. Use around ¼ cup per serving.
To make this recipe gluten-free, ensure you use a gluten-free miso paste and mustard variety, and serve with gluten-free pasta.
You can also serve this vegan pumpkin pasta sauce with zucchini or sweet potato noodles for a lower carb option.
How to Store & Freeze Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
You can keep this pumpkin pasta sauce in the fridge for up to 3 days, reheating on the stove and adding to pasta when ready to serve.
You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray for 2-3 months, and reheat on the stove from frozen.
More Vegan Pumpkin Recipes
If you love this vegan pumpkin pasta, be sure to check out these other tasty ideas:
- How about an easy vegetable pumpkin stir-fry for another comforting dinner?
- Alternatively, add pumpkin to a chickpea quinoa salad.
- My vegan pumpkin pancakes are a must-try!
- Pumpkin baked oatmeal makes a fantastic breakfast.
- Conventional oven
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 F, and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
- Cut the pumpkin in half just beside the stem, then remove the seeds and cut it in half once again. You can now peel it using a vegetable peeler, and proceed to cut into small, bite-sized pieces.4 cups pumpkin
- Arrange the pumpkin cubes on the baking tray and drizzle with a little bit of olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until fully cooked through and fork-tender.4 cups pumpkin, 2 tbsp olive oil
- About 5 minutes before the pumpkin is ready, start cooking the pasta according to instructions on packaging.4 cups pasta
- To a blender, add the roasted pumpkin, cashews, nutritional yeast, maple syrup, mustard, miso paste, paprika, cumin, lemon juice and plant based milk. Blend until smooth.1 cup Raw Cashews, ¼ cup nutritional yeast, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1 tbsp mustard, 1 tsp miso paste, 1 tsp Paprika, 1 tsp ground cumin, 1 lemon, 1 ½ cups plant based milk
- Mix together with the pasta, stirring in a large pan over a medium-high heat for a couple of minutes to warm through.4 cups pasta