Happy Halloween! 👻
In the spirit of Halloween, I prepared this pumpkin-shaped pasta with a creamy vegan pumpkin sauce and sautéed veggies! This fall-shaped pasta is made with butternut squash and can be found at Trader Joe’s. If you don’t live near a Trader Joe’s, feel free to serve this pumpkin pasta sauce with a pasta of your choice! This pumpkin pasta dish is the perfect fall comfort food and only takes 30 minutes to prepare. This recipe makes enough pasta for 2 entrée servings or 4 side servings.
⚡️Fun Fact: Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A. Vitamin A helps your eyes and skin stay strong and healthy. As an antioxidant, vitamin A can help you lower the risk of some diseases and fight signs of aging.
🎃 2 cups (450 g) canned pumpkin puree
🎃 2 cloves garlic, minced
🎃 2 tsp olive oil
🎃 2 Tbsp flour (I used chickpea flour)
🎃 1 cup almond milk
🎃 1/2 tsp sea salt
🎃 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
🎃 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
🎃 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
1️⃣ Boil 10 oz. of the pasta of your choice. Once cooked, drain it and set it aside.
2️⃣ Heat the olive oil, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté until the garlic is tender (~2 min).
3️⃣ Add the flour to the saucepan, and whisk until thickened.
4️⃣ Gradually whisk in the almond milk. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until thickened (~2-3 min).
5️⃣ Add the pumpkin purée, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir until combined.
6️⃣ Combine the creamy pasta sauce with the cooked pasta, serve, and enjoy! 😊
Optional: Serve your pasta with sautéed vegetables (ex. Red peppers, onion, zucchini) and/or a sprinkle of your favourite cheese!