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. says

    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. says

    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…

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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 :-)

  6. says

    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.


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