This super simple creamy pumpkin sauce drenches your favorite pasta for a quick, warm, and comforting weeknight dinner.
Total Cost: $2.20 recipe / $1.10 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
1cuppumpkin purée $0.78
1cupchicken broth* $0.12
1/4tspchili powder** $0.03
Pinchcayenne pepper $0.02
Freshly cracked black pepper $0.05
2Tbsphalf & half or cream $0.19
Begin boiling a large pot of water for your pasta. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and boil until al dente (7-10 minutes). Drain in a colander.
While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the sauce. Mince two cloves of garlic and add them to a large skillet with one tablespoon of butter. Sauté over medium-low heat for 1-2 minutes, or just until the garlic is soft and fragrant.
Add the pumpkin purée and chicken broth to the skillet and stir to combine. Add the nutmeg, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and some freshly cracked black pepper. Stir in the spices and let the sauce simmer over medium-low heat while the pasta cooks (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Once the pasta is finished cooking and is draining in a colander, add the half and half or cream to the skillet and stir it into the pumpkin sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt if needed (this will depend on the type of broth you use). Finally, stir the drained pasta in to the sauce and serve.
*I use Better Than Bouillon to make my broth, which is less expensive than canned or boxed broths.**Chili powder is an earthy mild blend of spices, not ground spicy red peppers.