Creamy Dreamy Skinny Pumpkin Rigatoni

  • Author: Kathy Carmichael
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop/Oven


Enjoy the flavors of fall with a creamy pumpkin and sage pasta dish with 6 ingredients.



  • 1/2 roasted small pie pumpkin (equivalent to 1 and 1/4 cup pumpkin flesh)
  • 1/2 white onion, cut into large wedges
  • 1 shallot, cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup organic vegetable broth
  • 16 ounces Rigatoni Pasta (I used whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Cut the pumpkin in half, stem down

  • Remove the seeds and stringy flesh (save seeds for roasting)
  • Place both halves of the pumpkin cut side down on the baking pan
  • Add onion, shallot, and garlic cloves to the baking sheet around the pumpkin halves
  • Cover with aluminum foil tightly
  • Bake for 45 minutes
  • In the last five minutes, add sage leaves under the aluminum foil and reseal the pan.
  • Return to the oven for the remaining five minutes.
  • Remove from oven and leave covered for an additional 10 minutes, so it can continue cooking outside the oven.
  • Drain the cashews and rinse them.
  • Remove the pumpkin flesh from the skin (one side of the pumpkin should yield enough pumpkin depending on the size of the pumpkin)
  • Add pumpkin, onions, garlic, shallot, cashews, salt, pepper and vegetable broth to a high speed blender; blend on high until smooth.
  • Set aside (I you make the sauce in advance, put it in the refrigerator and reheat while pasta cooks) If using immediately, leave at room temperature
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1 cup pasta water before draining.
  • Rinse pasta
  • Return pasta to pan; pour 1 cup reserved pasta water, then sauce
  • Stir sauce in pasta
  • Serve with strips of fresh sage and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and Skinny Cashew Vegan Parmesan “Cheese”.
  • Enjoy

Keywords: pumpkin pasta, cashew pumpkin pasta, vegan pumpkin pasta, pasta, fall pasta, sage, cashews