Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Penne Pasta

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

A Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Penne Pasta made with melted cheese that will not only satisfy your need for comfort food but remove any guilt of eating pasta!

A bowl of creamy pumpkin alfredo penne pasta.

So obviously, I’ve been eating for the time I was gone (duh, it’s like my favourite thing to do other than watch marathons of Modern Family and my new fav. Netflix series HIMYM) and this pasta was one of the things that I loved so much that I knew I would have to share it here with you. Let’s start from the top shall we?

 Two white bowls of pumpkin pasta.

First, the pasta. You could use any pasta your heart desires, but whole wheat penne pasta has my heart – I get to enjoy pasta without the guilt of white pasta which means going back for that I-think-I’m-full-but-life-is-short mini seconds then not regretting now being stuffed because hey! We pretty much healthified the dish. You just cook your pasta based on the package directions. P.S. Quinoa pasta is pretty fabulous, and the next time I make this I’m so using quinoa pasta. Next, the sauce.

Top down shot of pumpkin penne on white plates.

THE SAUCE. This sauce is made of delicious thick pumpkin puree, coconut milk, cooking white wine and my favourite guilty pleasure, mozzarella cheese. I know I know, the coconut milk makes this sauce creamy, but the CHEESE makes it to die for. We are talking notes and hints or tanginess complementing the creamy and mellow coconut milk matched by the delicious savoury pumpkin puree and your favourite seasonings all coming together in this one sauce. I had to taste it right away, then went back and added some red pepper flakes because I’m kind of pepper obsessed and pepper makes everything better.

Side on shot of creamy pumpkin alfredo penne pasta in a white bowl.

Needless to say, I went back for the leftovers of this baby which I MAY or may not have hid so no one else could get any (oops) and this time I added about ¼ cup of coconut milk while I was warming it up so it was extra creamy, so I’ll be adding that note in the recipe instructions so you can cream to your heart’s desire. Happy eating!

A bowl of creamy pumpkin penne in a white bowl.

Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Penne Pasta

A Creamy Pumpkin Alfredo Penne Pasta made with melted cheese that will not only satisfy your need for comfort food but remove any guilt of eating pasta!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
  • 1 ¾ -2 cups whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin puree
  • ½ - 1 cup coconut milk*
  • ½ cup cooking white wine
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes


  • Cook the pasta based on package directions. Remove and drain and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat the pumpkin puree over medium high heat.
  • Add the coconut milk and stir with a whisk until incorporated and smooth.
  • Add the white wine, cheese and seasoning and whisk all together until incorporated.
  • Allow to heat for about 5 minutes on medium heat together until completely heated and so that the flavours meld together.
  • Add the penne pasta and stir, allow the penne pasta to sit in the sauce for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve.
When reheating, you can choose to add up to 1/2 cup more of coconut milk to make the sauce creamy again, or you can add it in the extra 1/2 cup from the first time you make the sauce.


Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 921mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 19290IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 6mg
by Jessica

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  1. Lisa says:

    This was really good! Pleasantly surprised. Hubby didn’t like it because it was too “creamy,” but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Lisa,

      So glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks so much for your feedback! 🙂

      • Valerie Singh says:

        How can I make this without using the wine?

        • Jessica says:

          Hi Valerie,

          You can use broth instead. I haven’t tested it so I’m not 100% sure but it should work. I hope that helps!

  2. Jane Langbroek says:

    How do I make this dairy free?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Jane,

      You can use vegan cheese instead. I hope you enjoy!


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