As Halloween approaches and the crisp autumn air carries whispers of spooky festivities, it’s time to conjure up a deliciously eerie treat for your taste buds. Our Creamy Pumpkin Vodka Sauce & Penne is the perfect potion to delight your senses this Halloween season. This bewitching recipe combines the enchanting flavor of pumpkin with the velvety allure of vodka sauce, making it a spine-tingling dish to enjoy before or after your Halloween adventures. Let’s dive into this comforting and hauntingly delicious autumn recipe.
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For the Creamy Pumpkin Vodka Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
For the Penne Pasta:
- 12 ounces penne pasta
- Salt for pasta water
- Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)
- Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)
- Cook the Penne Pasta:
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add the penne pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente.
- Drain the pasta and set it aside.
- Prepare the Creamy Pumpkin Vodka Sauce:
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the Pumpkin Puree:
- Stir in the pumpkin puree and continue cooking for another 2 minutes, allowing it to heat through.
- Incorporate Cream and Vodka:
- Pour in the heavy cream and vodka, and stir to combine.
- Let the mixture simmer gently for about 5 minutes, allowing it to thicken slightly.
- Season and Finish:
- Add the grated Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, dried sage, salt, and black pepper to the sauce.
- Stir until the cheese is fully melted, and the sauce becomes creamy and smooth.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Combine Pasta and Sauce:
- Add the cooked penne pasta to the skillet with the creamy pumpkin vodka sauce.
- Gently toss the pasta to coat it evenly with the sauce.
- Allow it to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the pasta thoroughly.
- Serve and Garnish:
- Spoon the creamy pumpkin vodka sauce and penne pasta onto serving plates.
- If desired, garnish with fresh basil leaves and additional grated Parmesan cheese.
Enjoy your Creamy Pumpkin Vodka Sauce & Penne, a delightful autumn-inspired pasta dish that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds!
- If you’re a fan of pumpkin recipes, check out our Halloween recipes.
- Learn more about the history and origin of penne pasta on Wikipedia.
- Explore more fall-inspired recipes on Food Network.
Creamy Pumpkin Vodka Sauce & Penne is a perfect fall comfort food that combines the warmth of pumpkin with the richness of vodka sauce. It’s a delightful dish that captures the essence of the season and is sure to become a favorite in your autumn recipe collection. Give it a try, and savor the flavors of fall!