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pumpkin vodka sauce served on a white plate

Pumpkin Vodka Sauce Penne

This savory pumpkin recipe features a creamy blend of pumpkin puree, cashew cream, tomatoes, and vodka sauce served over a bed of hot penne pasta. It’s like fall on a plate!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute dinner, pasta, penne, pumpkin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Sara Ayesh


  • large skillet or heavy bottom pot


  • 10 oz rigatoni or penne pasta
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 14 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 onion diced
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups cashew cream I made very thick cashew milk using JOI cashew nut base! you could also use heavy cream!
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • reserve 1 - 2 cups pasta water
  • sage for garnish
  • tablespoon of olive oil


  • Begin cooking your penne pasta (or rigatoni!) in a pot of boiling water.
  • In a large skillet sautee the garlic, onion, and olive oil for 4-5 minutes.
  • Add in the tomato paste, pumpkin puree, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and vodka. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the cashew cream to the pumpkin sauce and combine well.
  • The pasta should be done by now, so ladle in a cup of the pasta water and stir.
  • Stir the cooked pasta into the pumpkin cream sauce.
  • Serve garnished with sage!