Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sausage

A creamy, no dairy, pumpkin pasta topped with sausage!
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Dairy free & Gluten free

How is the creamy pumpkin sauce made without dairy?

The answer is NUTS! Literally haha. Macadamia nuts and pine nuts are soaked in water. This softens them up and when blended with pumpkin and liquid, result in a super velvety smooth sauce!

What makes this recipe gluten free?

I use gluten free pasta. And there is no flour used to ‘thicken’ the sauce, the blended nuts do the perfect job of this! There are many types of gluten free pastas. Pasta made from corn, cassava and rice. I prefer pasta made from cassava as it is less likely to spike and crash your blood sugar, leaving you tired. This is because it is lower on the glycemic index than rice. Corn can be irritating on the gut, and if you are not buying organic pasta, corn can be sprayed with glyphosate and expose you to this nasty pesticide.

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 5 min Total Time 25 mins
Servings: 3
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


This no dairy pumpkin sauce is velvety and smooth! Macadamia & pine nuts are blended together with pumpkin puree to make the creamiest sauce! Combined with pasta and topped with sausage, this is a delight that comes together effortlessly!

You Need

For the creamy pumpkin sauce

For the pasta


Make the pumpkin cream sauce

    • Combine all ingredients in a blender. 
    • Blend for 1-2 minutes, until very smooth.
    • You may need to add additional liquid to achieve a thin enough consistency.
    • Set aside while you prepare the pasta.
    Water will work just fine in place of plant milk. It will result in a more mild sauce. If you use chicken broth it will result in a richer tasting sauce.

Cook sausage

    • Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Saving some pasta water for later.
    • In a large skillet heat 1/4 teaspoon of oil and saute onions until just beginning to soften. 
    • Add sausage, and cook until browned. 
    • Add garlic, and cook on low until soft.
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Combine ingredients for pasta

    • Add the pumpkin cream sauce to the skillet with the sausage and stir to combine.
    • Remove from heat.
    • Stir in pasta.
    • Add pasta water as needed to thin the sauce and help things come together.
    • Finish by mixing in the spinach.
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