This Spicy Pumpkin One Pot Pasta recipe is the perfect cozy fall dinner. Use pumpkin puree and other simple ingredients to make a creamy vegetarian one-pot pasta.
I am a big fan of one pot pastas!
I’m on a big one pot pasta kick. A few weeks ago I made a creamy meat sauce one pot pasta and now I am moving on to something more seasonal. This spicy pumpkin one pot pasta will surely put you in the fall mood!
Most people think of pumpkin as an ingredient in sweet foods like pie, cupcakes, and muffins, but I love it as an ingredient in savory foods. It works particularly well in soups and sauces.
The pumpkin itself doesn’t add a lot of flavor to the sauce, but it does give a nice creamy texture.
This spicy pumpkin one pot pasta comes together in about 20 minutes. It is the perfect dish to feed your family on a busy weeknight.
I think it will be great for fueling trick or treaters before they head out!
Spicy Pumpkin One Pot Pasta is the perfect savory fall dish!
The thing I like about a one pot pasta is that you can make it your whole meal or you can use it as a side dish. I like to serve this spicy pumpkin one pot pasta with some roasted veggies and crispy prosciutto on top of the pasta.
You could easily make some roasted chicken and serve this pasta as a savory and filling side dish.
One might be thinking, “Why not just make a regular pasta with a sauce?” The beauty of a one pot pasta is that you only need to clean one pot!
When you are rushing around this fall, this spicy pumpkin one-pot pasta will save you time, but keep you and your family full and satisfied.
This savory dish could also be a part of weekly meal prep. You could really get in the fall mood when you open your lunch at work and find this delicious pasta.
If you are making this for meal prep, I suggest pairing the pasta with sweet chicken sausage, shredded chicken or some crispy chickpeas.
What kitchen tools and ingredients will I need to make this recipe?
Like the title says, you will need just one pot in order to make this spicy pumpkin one pot pasta. I like to use my dutch oven to simmer my pasta. You can use any large, thick-bottomed pot.
First, you will also need a sharp knife to dice the onion. Other than that you will really only need a wooden spoon to stir your pasta. And maybe a cute bowl for serving!
You will only need some basic ingredients to make this spicy pumpkin one pot pasta. Start with an onion and some avocado oil. Then, grab some spices to give the dish heat. Next, add the warm flavors of pumpkin spice.
Then, grab some pumpkin puree, tomato paste, water, and pasta.
Once all of those ingredients are in the pot you are ready to cook. At the very end, you will stir in some ricotta and parmesan cheese.
Let’s make a one pot pasta!
Start by dicing the yellow onion. Then, heat the oil over medium heat in a heavy bottom pan like a dutch oven.
Next, add the diced onion to the pan and cook in the oil stirring frequently for about 3 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to low and add the spices, pumpkin puree, tomato paste, and water to the pot.
Next, mix the ingredients together thoroughly and add in the pasta. Then, increase the heat to high and cook until the liquid just starts to boil.
Then, continue cooking the spicy pumpkin one pot pasta and reduce it to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 12 minutes or until the pasta is almost fully cooked.
Finally, reduce the heat to low and mix in the ricotta and parmesan cheese.
How long can I store this one pot pasta?
Serve the spicy pumpkin one pot pasta immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Then, reheat on the stovetip
Keep reading to find the full instructions. If you make this recipe, please share it with me in the comments or on Instagram!
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 lb pasta (I like to use penne or fusilli pasta)
- 1 (15oz) can pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Dice the yellow onion
- Heat avocado oil over medium heat in a large heavy bottom pan like a dutch oven
- Add diced onion to the pan and saute until soft and fragrant stirring frequently
- Reduce the heat to low and add the salt, smoked paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, and crushed red pepper to the pan and stir
- Add the tomato paste and pumpkin puree to the pot and stir again
- Add the pasta and water to the pot and stir one more time
- Bring the mixture to a boil
- Cover the pot and reduce to a simmer
- Simmer the pasta for 10-12 minutes stirring frequently
- Remove the pot from heat and stir in the ricotta and parmesan cheese while the pasta is still very hot
- Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days