Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Maple Sage & Pecan Crumb

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This Vegan Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Maple Sage & Pecan Crumb recipe is an exclusive from Rebecca Hincke’s new cookbook The Vegan Pasta Cookbook. Click here to find out where you can order it.

You can’t get much more autumnal than pumpkins, and this pasta has all the cozy flavors of fall to warm your heart and your belly. This dish is somewhere between a cheesy mac & cheese and a garlicky Alfredo—a recipe I originally created a few years ago—but this upgraded version includes a maple sage & pecan crumb topping, and let me tell you, it makes ALL the difference! The sweet and savory crumb pairs marvelously well with the creamy richness of the cheesy, garlicky pumpkin sauce.

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Maple Sage & Pecan Crumb

  • Author: Rebecca Hincke | The Zesty Lime
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This dish is somewhere between a cheesy mac & cheese and a garlicky Alfredo. It includes a maple sage & pecan crumb topping that makes ALL the difference! The sweet and savory crumb pairs marvelously well with the creamy richness of the cheesy, garlicky pumpkin sauce.


Ingredients

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For the Crumb Topping

  • 1 tbsp (14 g) vegan butter
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) maple syrup
  • 23 tbsp (10–14 g) fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup (55 g) pecans, chopped
  • Generous pinch of flaked sea salt
  • Pepper, to taste

For the Pasta

  • 8 oz (226 g) dried pasta of your choice
  • 2 tbsp (28 g) vegan butter
  • 5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp (5 g) fresh sage, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup (180 g) canned pumpkin puree (100% pure)
  • ½ cup (116 g) vegan cream cheese
  • ½ cup (50 g) grated vegan Parmesan
  • 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened nondairy milk (oat, soy, or almond)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup (240 ml) pasta cooking water (as needed)

To Serve

  • Pepper, to taste
  • Almond Parm (optional)

Instructions

  1. For the crumb topping, in a medium nonstick pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the maple syrup, then add the sage, pecans, sea salt, and pepper, and cook for 3 to 3½ minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and spread evenly across a plate. Let rest until cool, then break apart into pieces.
  2. Put the pasta on to cook in a pot of boiling, salted water and cook to al dente.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick pan, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the sage and fry for another minute or 2, until fragrant but not browned.
  4. To the pan, add the pumpkin puree, cream cheese, and Parmesan. Stir together until smooth, then whisk in the milk until fully incorporated. Continue cooking until the Parmesan has melted, stirring occasionally. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and reserve 1 cup (240 ml) of pasta cooking water, then add the pasta to the sauce and stir to fully coat the noodles. Add pasta cooking water as needed to loosen up the sauce if it’s too thick.
  6. Serve topped with crumb topping, pepper, and a sprinkle of Almond Parm, if you like.

Notes

Reprinted with permission from The Vegan Pasta Cookbook by Rebecca Hincke. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photo credit: Rebecca Hincke.

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Excerpted from The Vegan Pasta Cookbook by Rebecca Hincke. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Click here to order your copy.

About the author

Rebecca Hincke is the founder of The Zesty Lime, a popular food blog devoted to sharing comforting yet nutritious plant-based recipes. She lives in Edinburgh. 

About the book

Whether you seek simple yet delicious dinner ideas, vegan versions of your favorite noodle dishes or easy meals that increase your veggie intake, blogger Rebecca Hincke has a pasta for you. In this comprehensive collection, she shares 60 irresistible recipes―from time-honored Italian fare and Asian-inspired stir-fries to nourishing noodle soups, plant-powered pasta salads and more. Armed with this creative cookbook, you’ll be ready to make every night pasta night!

Disclaimer: the cookbooks we feature are independently selected by our Best of Vegan editors and are in no way sponsored by the author and/or the publisher. All content is used with permission.

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