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Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce
Delicious Autumn Meal

Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce

Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce is a simple and quick recipe for a lovely autumn dinner. The sauce is made with pumpkin, sage, brown butter, and Parmesan.

Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce
I can’t believe this is our blog's first autumn-inspired recipe with tortellini. We didn’t make tortellini from scratch, but we used delicious store-bought Cheese tortellini that is perfect for this recipe. This simple recipe is ideal for vegetarians, but meat lovers also adore it. We can serve it as a main dish for lunch or dinner, or we can serve it as an entree. Easy, simple, and affordable.

Delicious Autumn-inspired Pasta Sauce

These are the top reasons why we adore this recipe:

  • the preparation is quick and straightforward; it's beginner-friendly
  • the sauce is creamy, luscious, and delicious
  • this dish is excellent as a main dish or appetizer
  • kids and adults love it
  • feel free to make the sauce ahead

Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce

Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce

How to make Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce at home

Making Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce at home is quick and easy, especially if you use store-bought pumpkin puree. You can make butternut squash puree from scratch; we included the recipe in the directions below. Here's a quick overview for easier preparation of the Tortellini.

  1. Bake the squash (if you're making homemade squash puree).
  2. Make the puree using pumpkin puree, garlic, milk, butter, and spices.
  3. Cook the tortellini according to the package instructions.
  4. Pan-fry the sage.
  5. Make the pumpkin sauce.
  6. Add the cooked Tortellini.
  7. Serve.

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making Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce

Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce


It's always best to make this Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce fresh. However, if you have any leftovers, feel free to store them for up to 2 days in an airtight container. Before serving, reheat well.

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Tortellini with Pumpkin Sauce

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Lets get cooking!

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  • Bake the squash for puree (optional)

    Preheat the fan-assisted oven to 210 °C / 410 °F. Peel the butternut squash. Remove the seeds and cut the squash into small 1cm x 1cm (1/2-inch x 1/2-inch) cubes. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the squash on top and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes at 210 °C / 410 °F or until the squash is soft. Don't over-bake the squash. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool to room temperature. Or use store-bought pumpkin puree.

  • make the puree for the sauce

    Combine 150g (5.3 ounces) pumpkin puree or homemade squash puree, peeled garlic, milk, and butter in a blender. Mix into a smooth mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

  • cook the tortellini

    Cook the Cheese tortellini according to the package instructions. Before draining, remove 120ml (1/2 cup) of the pasta cooking water, then drain.

  • butter and sage

    Add butter to a large pan and place over medium-high heat. When the butter starts to foam, add the sage. Pan-fry for 1 - 2 minutes or until the sage is crispy. Remove from the pan and transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Continue to cook the butter until light brown.

  • serve

    Add the tortellini to the butter and cook for about 30 seconds, then add the prepared pumpkin puree, 80ml (1/3 cup) of pasta water, and grated parmesan cheese. Toss to combine, then divide between four plates. Serve with crispy sage and additional grated parmesan, if desired.

    Add all the pasta water to get a creamy, luscious sauce, if needed.


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