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Pumpkin Chipotle Cream Pasta Sauce

This creamy pumpkin chipotle sauce is a perfect way to celebrate the season in a unique way. Full, warming flavors of fall deliver a special dish to enliven any fall day.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chipotle cream sauce, pumpkin chipotle pasta sauce, spicy pumpkin pasta sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 (Sauce for one batch of pasta)
Calories 198kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion , chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves , peeled and minced
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree canned or homemade
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup dry sherry (if you prefer not to use sherry, substitute more chicken broth)
  • 1 chipotle en adobo , seeded and chopped
  • ½ teaspoon adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraiche or sour cream

Optional Garnish/Seasoning on servings

  • Hickory smoked salt
  • Roasted, salted Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)


  • In a medium, heavy saucepan melt butter and add olive oil.
  • Add chopped onion and garlic; sauté until translucent (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Add pumpkin, chicken broth, dry sherry (note: the alcohol content will cook off), chipotle, adobo sauce, oregano, red pepper flakes and sage. Stir to incorporate. Bring to a very low boil, reduce heat to simmer and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes; stirring periodically.
  • Add the cream and crème fraiche or sour cream. Simmer on low for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Using an immersion/stick blender (or pouring sauce into a conventional blender) blend until smooth. NOTE: using a conventional blender to blend/puree the sauce works too.
  • Pour onto prepared pasta of your choice. OPTIONAL: sprinkle with hickory smoked salt and roasted, salted pepitas. Serve immediately.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 720IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg