A super easy creamy pasta recipe with roasted pumpkin, crispy sage and pumpkin seeds.
Roasting the pumpkin before adding it to this pasta dish makes this weeknight meal taste extra special. It has a delicious, sweet caramel flavor and it purees really nice into a creamy pasta sauce.
In this recipe we use both, the flesh and the skin of a pumpkin. We roast it, mix it with sour cream, then toss with pasta and there you have it, comfort in a bowl.
Pumpkin is the key ingredient that gives this pasta sauce signature, rich texture and subtle flavor. The sour cream pairs particularly well with the sweet pumpkin. But there’s so much more to love about this dish. There’s also plenty of roasted garlic and grated parmesan. And just before serving, we top each bowl with a mixture of toasted pumpkin seeds, red pepper flakes and crispy sage. And let me tell you, these additions are my favorite part of the dish. They add a little crunch, a little heat, and a lot of savory, earthy flavors. The crispy sage as the final touch makes this pumpkin pasta taste all grown up and tingles the senses.
For this recipe you can use some roasted pumpkin leftovers, this way the whole dish will come together in less time than it takes to cook the pasta. An irresistible weeknight meal. —Anna Chwistek | Serving Dumplings
(10 ounces) pasta
half of a small pumpkin, +/- 500 g (17.6 ounces), with skin, seeded
whole garlic head
(1/2 cup) grated parmesan, more for serving
(3/4 cup) sour cream
(1/2 cup) chicken or vegetable broth
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
Cut the pumpkin (with skin) into small cubes. Cut the garlic head in half. Drizzle the pumpkin with olive oil and red pepper flakes on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic. Roast for 20-25 minutes. You can cover the baking sheet with aluminum foil to prevent the pumpkin from turning black.
Remove from the oven, add pumpkin seeds and sage leaves. Place the baking sheet back in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes more or until golden brown.
In the meantime, boil the pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
When the pumpkin is ready, transfer (without pumpkin seeds and sage leaves) to a food processor. Add sour cream, lemon juice, parmesan and chicken broth. Squeeze out about 6 garlic cloves (you can store the rest in the fridge and use in any other recipe). Season with salt and pepper. Purée until smooth.
Toss with pasta, add chopped parsley and a good splash of cooking water if the sauce is too thick. Serve with toasted pumpkin seeds, crispy sage leaves, red pepper flakes and grated parmesan. Enjoy!