Spicy Pumpkin One Pot Pasta

A healthy vegetarian one-pot pasta made with pumpkin puree and other simple ingredients.

Recipe By: Madeline
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings 1x


  • 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


  1. Dice the yellow onion
  2. Heat avocado oil over medium heat in a large heavy bottom pan like a dutch oven
  3. Add diced onion to the pan and saute until soft and fragrant stirring frequently
  4. Reduce the heat to low and add the salt, smoked paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, and crushed red pepper to the pan and stir
  5. Add the tomato paste and pumpkin puree to the pot and stir again
  6. Add the pasta and water to the pot and stir one more time
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil
  8. Cover the pot and reduce to a simmer
  9. Simmer the pasta for 10-12 minutes stirring frequently
  10. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the ricotta and parmesan cheese while the pasta is still very hot
  11. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days
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