A dairy-free take on pumpkin Alfredo that is luscious, full of flavor and the perfect fall comfort food. The creamy vegan garlic pumpkin sauce comes together quickly in your blender while the pasta cooks. Then, you pour it overtop your favorite noodle and dinner is done! No heavy cream or butter and yet it is totally luxurious and addictive.
While pumpkin in baked goods is super popular, I love savory recipes that incorporate it in unexpected ways. It is especially great in here with otherwise a super basic creamy pasta dish. This Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Garlic Pasta dish is rich and creamy without any dairy. Adding the pumpkin not only adds creaminess, vibrant color and flavor but it pumps up the nutrition of the dish by a lot.
What are the health benefits of pumpkin?
Pumpkins offer so many disease-fighting nutrients and overall health benefits. They are packed with antioxidants known as carotenoids that can protect cells from free radical damage. They also offer fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, folate, potassium and vitamins A, C, E and K.
In addition to being nutritious, this entire recipe is super low maintenance as most of my pasta recipes tend to go. It requires few ingredients (and ones that you likely have on hand). Best of all, the entire dish can be ready in 15 minutes. 15 minutes! Really! While the pasta cooks, I quickly make the sauce and then toss the sauce with the pasta just before serving. It really couldn’t be easier. It is one of those dishes that looks super impressive and tastes gourmet but is quick and simple to get on the table fast. Plus, no one tends to turn down creamy pumpkin pasta. Ever. So, it is a recipe that works for almost anyone.
All you need for creamy vegan pumpkin sauce:
- shallot and garlic sautéed briefly in extra virgin olive oil
- pumpkin puree
- slivered almonds (makes it creamy)
- maple syrup (just a touch)
- salt & pepper
Everything goes into the blender and out comes the most amazing sauce that is so simple and yet somehow I want to drink the entire thing.
Want more creamy vegan pumpkin recipes in your life?
Try these pumpkin recipes (both savory and sweet):
- Easy Blender Pumpkin Soup
- Pumpkin Risotto
- Garlic Pumpkin Hummus
- No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Pies
- Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
- Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats
- Baked Pumpkin Oat Pancakes (created for The Washington Post by me)
Now, Let’s Make This Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Garlic Pasta Happen!
This recipe has been on our table a lot since I created it and no one seems to be complaining in our household. It is cozy, comforting and full of so much creamy garlic flavor. I cannot wait for you give this one a try!