My next new pumpkin recipe of the season is a super quick, easy and tasty creamy pumpkin alfredo pasta! The pumpkin sauce for this pasta is loosely based on an alfredo sauce which is typically made with butter and melted cheese, usually parmesan, and it also commonly contains cream. This sauce starts out with the butter and a touch of garlic and then moves on to the cream and parmesan along with some pumpkin puree. Instead of using the parmesan as the primary cheese flavour I cut back on it and went with a tangy goat cheese which pairs particularly well with the sweet pumpkin puree. The sauce is finished off with some sage and a hint of pumpkin pie spice to tingle the senses and the pasta topped with some irresistible crispy fried sage.
This pumpkin goat cheese alfredo does not require a lot of pumpkin puree so it is perfect if you had a bit left over and since it comes together in less time than it takes to cook the pasta it is a great weeknight meal but it is also special enough to impress guests!
Pumpkin Goat Cheese Fettuccine Alfredo with Crispy Fried Sage
A quick and easy creamy goat cheese pumpkin alfredo with crispy fried sage.
- 6 ounces pasta (gluten free for gluten free)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream or milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 4 ounces goat cheese
- 1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
- 1 tablespoon sage, sliced thinly
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 handful sage leaves
- Cook the pasta as directed on the package.
- Melt the butter in pan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
- Add the cream, pumpkin puree, goat cheese, parmesan, sage and pumpkin pie spice and simmer until the cheese has melted.
- Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
- Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, let it turn a light brown, add the sage and fry until crispy.
- Serve hot over the pasta garnished with more parmesan and crispy fried sage.
Note: If you use milk rather than cream, do not bring it to a boil as it will curdle into little white bits rather than blending in.
Option: Replace the goat cheese with a mild blue cheese like gorgonzola dolce.
Option: Add Sauteed mushrooms.
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Claudia Weller says
Looks yummy, I like the combination of savoury cheese and pumpkin.
Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says
Everything about this sauce is pure perfection, Kevin!
I posted a similar pasta recipe today:) Can't get enough of the fall flavors!
I abhor goat cheese (it tastes like what a goat smells like and yes, I have smelled a goat). What can one substitute for the goat cheese?
Feta is a wonderful substitute for Goat Cheese, which I don’t like either.
Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says
I've made a light pumpkin alfredo before, but adding goat cheese and sage is a must for next time!
Aimee @ Simple Bites says
Looks perfect, Kevin. Nice flavour combo.
LOVE this fall pasta dish.
Kim | a little lunch says
Kevin, I printed this one off before I even got to the end of the ingredient list. Marvelous, marvelous foodie imagination you have! Thank you.
Marian (Sweetopia) says
Kevin, amazing as usual!
Glitter: You could replace the goat cheese with more parmesan.
You had me at crispy sage! The pumpkin alfredo–that's an extra, that I'll have by the spoonfuls!
Marie Matter says
Love that crispy sage!
This looks awesome! I love pumpkin with goat cheese…..definitely need to try this out!
looks amazing and I want to eat it right now!!! Can I use pumpkin from a can if I dont make my own puree?
Yes you can use canned pumpkin puree instead of homemade!
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
What a freaking dreamy pasta Kevin! Such a fab recipe 🙂
[email protected] says
Creative as always!
Tara Gustafson says
Hi Kevin, yet another meal where I wish I was eating at your house! I can't eat cow dairy, but I can eat goat cheese – do you think subbing plain soy milk for the milk would work?
Tara Gustafson: Soy milk should work or maybe even an almond milk.
Jenny Flake says
What a perfect looking pasta Kevin! Love the pumpkin!!
I love everything about this!!
Wow! I looks so delicious. It would be nice with a slice of garlic bread and a dash of truffle oil.
Heather Christo says
totally gorgeous!! I would love to dive into a pile of that right now!
A SPICY PERSPECTIVE says
Wow! Great fall dish!
Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat says
Oh my I was just saying how much I love fried sage! This looks fantastic!
I can't wait to make this pasta sauce! I'll be dreaming about it until I do.
Laureen King says
Love pumpkin, I am going to have to try this recipe !
This will be a huge hit with the fam! WE all love pumpkin and I love goat cheese ;}
Pink Like a Peach says
First, I love your blog and I've been following it for quite a while. I admire your great sense of creativity in the kitchen.
I am absolutely intrigued by this pasta dish. Being Italian, I kinda grew up with pasta and this combination of fettuccine,pumpkin and goat cheese sounds very charming. I am looking forward to try it soon.
Just a question: do you think "fettuccine" can be replaced with "tagliatelle" and the likes? I know the traditional dish to be fettucine but I guess it could go nicely with a similar shape of pasta. What do you think? 🙂
All the best – Barbara
holy moly I am loving this
This dish was AMAZING!
Barbara: Tagliatelle would also work well!
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Love that you were able to work pumpkin in as a savory dish. Pinned!
So I am going to serve this along with a salad…. but I am sure there are meat lovers in my midst who say, where's the beef, meat etc. Any suggestions please????
Anonymous: I would probably go with shrimp but chicken should also be good.
So glad I found this by accident… Looks wonderful!!
Sarah K says
I really enjoyed this recipe! The leftovers tasted even better than right off the stovetop. Thanks for sharing!
Sarah K: I am glad that you enjoyed it! Isn't it the best when the leftovers only get better!
[email protected] says
I made this with roasted butternut squash and it was amazing! Part of my roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, and goat cheese three ways post.
I attempted this recipe tonight and I just couldn't get the sauce to blend. As a novice in the kitchen, I'm not sure if I overcooked it or undercooked it. I felt like the cheese separated into really small pieces and wouldn't blend with the liquids. Any suggestions?
Anonymous: Low fat dairy products will curdle (the small white pieces) if you bring them to a boil but all goat cheeses (and cow cheeses) that I have seen have a high enough fat content that they will not. If it was a light or low fat goat cheese that would probably be what happened. You can work with low fat content dairy products but you need to keep the temperature low enough that it does not come to a boil; it will take longer but it will work
What a Dish! says
This was SO good and SO creamy, rich, flavorful, and easy too!! I loved it! Too rich to make very often but a wonderful treat. Perfect to use up that 1/2 cup pumpkin as well. Yay for fall recipes!
OMG!you continuously outdo yourself. This is beyond fab! I had to make a few subs due to lack of some ingredients …but it still worked! I don't eat wheat so I used spaghetti squash, didn' t have any goat cheese so I used feta and lactose intolerance gave me coconut cream. SOOOOOOO awesome! Thank you for your marvelous creativity!!!
Snowhawk22: I'm glad you liked it and I like the sound of the feta and coconut cream!
I love the flavor in this. can't wait to try this recipe.
It was also delicious with chilli flakes instead of allspice, and I added some wafer-thin bacon on top. Brilliant idea to fry the sage, never done that before!
Aimee Mendes says
I can't get past the funk of goat cheese, so I substituted mascarpone. It was out of this world. Leftovers were also great as the sauce didn't separate the way traditional alfredo will. This is a keeper.
Kevin, this was delish! What a great fall meal!