Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Puree Pasta

Tis the Season for Pumpkin Puree, but step away from the pies and make a healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy!  Conjuring up sauces is one of my favorite things to do, and it usually starts with what I have in my pantry and fridge to play with.  If you love pumpkin and creamy sauces without major calories, this Easy 3-Step Dish must be on your To-Do List!  Grocery stores are lined with Pumpkin Puree and holiday favorites, so without further adieu, I give you a Pumpkin Puree Sauce that you can marry with pasta, rice, quinoa, or veggies!
pumpkin pasta-Darcy Oliver


  • 12 ounces penne rigate, or other short pasta ( I had some orecchiette in the pantry, but you can prepare a gluten-free pasta, rice, or veggie option)
  • coarse sea salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon herbs de provence
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
  • garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup almond milk, unsweetened vanilla
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes for heat, plus more for garnish (optional)
  • 1 package micro basil sprouts

pumpkin pasta, sauce-Darcy Oliver Design


  1. STEP 1

    Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente. Reserve 2 cups pasta water; drain pasta and set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Add pumpkin puree, garlic, almond milk, parmesan, cider vinegar, red-pepper flakes, cinnamon, 1 cup reserved pasta water, and sea salt & pepper to taste to pot. Stir sauce until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. STEP 3

    Add pasta to sauce, and toss to coat. If sauce is too thick, add some reserved pasta water. Serve pasta sprinkled with micro basil sprouts, if desired, more red-pepper flakes.


Haunted Halloween Party Decor

Last night we had a successful Halloween Party after we transformed my sister’s home into a Haunted House!  The main key was not only creativity, but lighting was crucial for optimal spookiness!

Between the black lights, strobes, and colored bulbs, you can’t go wrong.  We sectioned off areas for one colored bulb to shine, and set the strobes on main attractions.  Don’t forget your ghosts and ghouls, cover everything with spiderwebs, and voila Haunted House success.