Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce ~ All things Orange #SundaySupper

Autumn colors are indeed magical.The leaves in pretty hues of orange, red and yellow nature seems like a canvas painted with beautiful warm colors.Pumpkin patches, halloween, trick-or-treating, all the fun and the excitement has begun!The Autumn also brings along with it some glorious orange colored foods from pumpkins, to squash to sweet potatoes and its no surprise then that our friend Pam chose ‘All things Orange’ for today’s SundaySupper!

pumpkin ricotta rigatoni

My entry for this event is an easy Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce that captures the essence of fall colors and flavors into a gorgeous creamy pasta dish.I found a Martha Stewart recipe and tweaked it by going for the Ricotta instead of heavy cream and adding nutmeg!The result is an elegant pasta dish that takes no effort to prepare and yet makes a strong statement in terms of looks,flavors and the texture.


The sage adds this sweet lemony touch and fragrance to the dish and the pumpkin with the ricotta is pure magic.The nutmeg is essential in enhancing the creamy flavors and the grated parmesan is all you need to finish off this gorgeous sauce.I was so happy to see my kids enjoy the dinner as much as we did :)They were very excited to know that there was pumpkin in the sauce. Something about Pumpkins and Halloween that gets them all excited :)

Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce


  • Rigatoni-3 cups (uncooked)
  • Pumpkin Puree-3/4 cup (I used canned)
  • Ricotta Cheese-1/2 cup
  • Milk-1/4 cup
  • Grated Nutmeg-1/4 tsp
  • Sage leaves-10 cut into strips
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil-1 tbsp
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese-1/4 cup
  • Salt-to taste
  • Pepper-1 tsp


  1. Cook the Rigatoni in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente.
  2. In a bowl mix together the pumpkin puree, ricotta,milk, sage leaves.
  3. In a pan on medium heat, add the Olive Oil followed by the pumpkin sauce.Gently mix together until all creamy.You can add more milk to reach the desired consistency.Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the cooked pasta into the sauce and add freshly grated parmesan cheese to finish off.Serve hot!

The #SundaySupper family is using the spirit of the season to inspire you and will be sharing some fabulous dishes at the #SundaySupper table this week, and we do hope that you’ll join us!

Just look at all of the fabulous dishes being offered up this week:

Sunrise (Breakfast and Brunch)

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)

That is one great list of orange culinary delights. What a way to brighten up a meal. A feast for the eyes and the tummy!

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  1. Pumpkin and sage really speaks fall and I love the combination! Never thought of using pumpkin puree as a pasta sauce, but it sounds and looks good! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This sounds delightful and looks so simple to prepare, yet the presentation is wonderful! I think we’ll be having this for dinner very soon!

    Jamie @ http://www.mamamommymom.com

  3. Looks so very flavourful and appetizing!

  4. i am always looking for another excuse to be elbow deep in a pumpkin. this looks like a perfectly good reason. in fact, it looks down right amazing! will try soon…

  5. skinnysimplerecipes says:

    This is a nice gourmet pasta dish…Love it!! Meriem

  6. This rigatoni looks awesome! so beautiful and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Such a gorgeous dish! I know I’d love this one!

  8. Great minds think alike. Did you notice our dishes are almost exactly the same. Pasta, pumpkin and cheese. I used mascarpone instead of ricotta. I think they make a wonderful combination. Kind of hard to photograph because there is no color contrast but I love the sweet and savory together! Go team pumpkin pasta!

  9. A fabulous treat!

  10. Soni, this dish sounds absolutely scrumptious! I love every ingredient you used. The real test would be whether the Husband likes it…although I figure he’d better eat whatever I put in front of him! I am definitely making this soon.

  11. I love pumpkin with pasta. The ricotta with this sauce sounds wonderful!

  12. Beautiful photos Soni and this sauce looks delectable! I’m a big fan of mixing ricotta in with my pasta!

  13. I have never cooked with sage before or pumpkin with my pasta. This is something new to try!

  14. Looks so healthy & yummy ! Think the combo of ricotta & pumpkin is so classic ! Love the textured plate ! On my ” To Make List “

  15. What an easy and delicious pasta! I have some fresh sage in the garden that would be lovely in this dish!

  16. I still have some sage on my plant outside-I better get out there and get it so I can make this dish! I love pumpkin in my pasta.

  17. Oh, this looks spectacular, Soni!!! I would have to have seconds if not thirds!!! Great @Sunday Supper post!

  18. Wow this is a must try for us! Nice simple but delicious pasta dish for the fall time. Thanks for sharing!

  19. this is a gorgeous pasta dish! awesome job!

  20. Beautifully done, Soni! I’m loving this dish and the use of ricotta :-) The sage is a beautiful addition too :-) Nicely done, my friend!

  21. I’m feeling the orange spirit my friend, this looks delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  22. I love sneaking in pumpkin into my pasta sauces. Kids don’t notice it, hubby doesn’t notice it and I’m all happy!

  23. Another great combination! Pumpkin and ricotta, lovely!

  24. This is beautiful and would be so hard to resist in my house … Great Job :-)

  25. Wow an orange meal….in the orange genre I love butternut squash risotto. Sage works wonders with these veggies….I have never tried cooking with ricotta cheese, must try soon. The pasta is looking lovely Soni :-)

  26. If this tastes even half as good as it looks then I might have to have a second portion

  27. Love the fact that you used Ricotta instead of heavy cream

  28. Great change from tomato sauce!

  29. Oh my gosh, Soni, I love everything about this dish! I’m going to have to make it this week. Love, love, love it.

  30. Soni this is beautiful and I really am considering this for dinner tonight. It just looks amazing and ever since you posted it, I’ve wanted it.
    Beautiful, easy to make recipe! Yum!

  31. This looks so delicious! Love the sage

  32. I love pumpkin with sage and the addition of ricotta sounds fabulous. Absolutely another must-try for me!

  33. This sounds wonderful, especially for a meatless meal. I love including pumpkin or butternut squash into a creamy sauce. Thanks for sharing!

  34. I wish I had tried this when I could have cheese… this looks to die for

  35. Love your post, i make a similar recipe with squash…

  36. Ricotta instead of cream works great for me – more protein in the dish. Can’t go wrong with pumpkin, sage and nutmeg flavors. Yum!

  37. Fall is beautiful. I only wish the leaves would clean themselves up after they fall. Then again, this hearty pasta would be good after a day of leaf blowing and raking.

  38. I have that plate from Pier 1! This dish looks and sounds amazing!

  39. This looks so good, I love the unusual pairing of ricotta and pumpkin. Delish!!!

  40. I want this dish, and I want that dish that you served it on! Gorgeous!

  41. One word “Yum#

  42. Pumpkin, sage, ricotta and pasta? I’m in Heaven!!!!

  43. Hello delicious!!!! This sounds like an amazing meal…I would very much like a bowl in front of me right now!!!

  44. This look so nice and creamy! What a nice change for a pasta dish!

  45. A perfect idea for pasta. I will in mind the nutmeg advice. Wonderful recipe, love it! Have a great sunday Soni!

  46. Wow, this sounds sooo good. I may make this tonight!

  47. Great idea to use Ricotta! This look fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us, Soni!

  48. this looks delicious! I have done a pumpkin Alfredo, but I love how light this is! Thank you for joining in this week!


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