pumpkin pasta sauce

randy has a two day animal tracking class in the swan mountains so i planned a girls weekend! some girlfriends and i rented a cabin on a creek, in the mountains. we head out in less than an hour. i’m excited!

last night randy and i each prepped food for our weekends away. i am responsible for dinner tonight and huckleberry scones in the morning. i decided to make a pumpkin pasta sauce that will be topped with goat cheese and walnuts. it’s so yummy! and easy.

sautee onions and garlic in olive oil

sautee onions and garlic in olive oil

put in blender and add pumpkin (or butternut squash), milk, nutmeg, pepper, salt and tomato paste. i was nervous that the blender was going to overflow because i doubled the recipe.

put in blender and add pumpkin (or butternut squash), milk, nutmeg, agave nectar, pepper, salt and tomato paste. i was nervous that the blender was going to overflow because i doubled the recipe.

press "puree" and you've got yourself a unique, rich and tasty pasta sauce! (it didn't overflow. phew.)

press “puree” and you’ve got yourself a unique, rich and tasty pasta sauce! (it didn’t overflow. phew.)

i got this recipe from a vegan food blog; i am not vegan, but sometimes i cook things with a vegan flare due to my high cholesterol. i’ve tried a few recipes from this website and they’re all great (although i will say, vegan macaroni and “cheese” was an experience).

Pumpkin Cream Sauce by Chef Chloe

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can organic pumpkin OR 2 cups roasted butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups soy, almond, or rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

in a large skillet, heat oil and sauté onions until soft. add garlic and let cook a few more minutes. remove from heat. In a blender, puree the onion mixture, pumpkin, tomato paste, nondairy milk, nutmeg, maple syrup, salt, and pepper until smooth.

i top mine with goat cheese (not vegan) and nuts. it’s delicious. she also suggests topping it with fresh sage but i’m personally not a fan. it can go on any shape of pasta. randy loves bow tie pasta; my favorite is probably rotini. minor details 🙂

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