Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta (Weeknight Dinner Recipe)

Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta: quick, creamy and has just the right kick of heat to be your new family favorite recipe. Perfect on cold nights.

Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta: Inspired by flavors of fall.

Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta recipe

Since the beginning of this fall season, I had been trying a couple of pumpkins inspired savory recipe and this Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta is hands down our family favorite recipe.

Ingredients for Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta: 

  • Pasta Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Pumpkin Puree – this is pure pumpkin and NOT Pumpkin Pie filling.
  • Walnut Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Cheese

It has everything going on….from the pumpkin flavor to a mild kick of heat (cayenne – oh yeah), ground walnuts, almost invisible veggies and Bertolli Pasta Sauce (Tomato & Basil).

The result …mmmm -mmm-mmm !! You HAVE to GIVE it a TRY as it’s that GOOD !

quick Pumpkin Walnut Pasta

The Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta recipe is really easy to make and by using Bertolli Pasta Sauces, it cuts down the cooking time even further.

Making it a quick delicious weeknight dinner or you can even pack the leftover for work lunch.

You’ll be surprised how great the two flavors (Pumpkin + Pasta Sauce) combine to create this almost rustic Italian pasta recipe.




Until Next Time ~ XoXo




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Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta – Weeknight Dinner

Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta

Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta: quick, creamy and has just the right kick of heat to be your new family favorite recipe.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes


  • 2 Cups Pasta Sauce*
  • 2 Cups Pasta - I'm using farfalle or bow tie pasta.
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree - this is pure pumpkin and NOT Pumpkin Pie filling.
  • 1/4 Cup Walnut Powder - crush about 10-12 walnuts to create the same.
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Cayenne - use as per your taste
  • 1 Cup Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Corn
  • 1/2 Cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro - chopped
  • Salt - as per taste
  • Pepper - as per taste


  1. Prepare the pasta as per package instructions and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet.
  3. Add pasta sauce, pumpkin puree and give it a good stir.
  4. Let this cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the walnut powder, cayenne, salt, pepper and stir everything.
  6. Let this cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the cooked pasta and gently mix everything together.
  8. Cook for another 2 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  9. Preheat the oven at 200F
  10. Sprinkle cheese on top of the cooked pasta and place in the oven for 3 minutes (or till cheese melts).
  11. Remove from oven, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve immediately.


* Pasta Sauce: I'm using 'Bertolli Pasta Sauce (Tomato & Basil)' but any pasta sauce is fine.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 780Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 1334mgCarbohydrates: 106gFiber: 20gSugar: 16gProtein: 24g




20 Replies to "Spicy Pumpkin Walnut Pasta (Weeknight Dinner Recipe)"

  • Eating Cheating November 15, 2017 (4:11 pm)

    ohh my, this looks soo delicious! Great recipe! I will try to do this one time 😀 You make beautiful food photos! Keep going!

  • Jemma October 19, 2016 (4:47 am)

    Really loving all the colour on this dish. Looks so wholesome and hearty too.

  • Ana October 17, 2016 (3:31 am)

    Never tried pasta with pumpkins! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Can’t wait to check it out!

  • nicole October 15, 2016 (4:08 pm)

    Not a huge fan of pasta but this one sees so colorful and nice!

    • Molly Kumar October 16, 2016 (5:58 am)

      Thanks Nicole, I hope you give it a try.

  • Ima October 15, 2016 (9:10 am)

    I am definitely down with meals that don’t take forever to cook,most especially when it’s for dinner.
    And maybe I favour pasta a little too much .. hehe
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.
    (And it’s so colorful! ) 🙂

    • Molly Kumar October 16, 2016 (6:00 am)

      So true, I love easy n delicious meals that can be enjoyed with the whole family. Glad you liked the recipe.

  • Elizabeth October 15, 2016 (5:56 am)

    This sounds like the perfect Autumn comfort food dish! Loving the sound of it! Now, is that skillet really tiny or is that fork HUGE! Awesome photos 🙂

    • Molly Kumar October 16, 2016 (6:00 am)

      Thanks Elizabeth – That is a serving fork and kinda huge 😉

  • Sheri October 14, 2016 (6:18 pm)

    I love spicy foods and salads, but I do not really like walnuts, or any nuts for that matter. Do you think the salad would still taste great making it without nuts? Or just go lighter on walnut powder?

    • Molly Kumar October 16, 2016 (6:01 am)

      You can definitely try the pasta without walnuts too. It tastes equally good.

  • Gurki October 14, 2016 (6:15 pm)

    This pasta looks so yummy, perfect for busy Fall weeknights. Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    • Molly Kumar October 16, 2016 (6:02 am)

      Thanks Gurki and so happy you liked the recipe.

  • Janine Good October 14, 2016 (5:12 pm)

    Oh how divine! This looks so good! I love anything with pumpkin in it!

    • Molly Kumar October 16, 2016 (6:03 am)

      Hheheh, me too – Thanks Janine.

  • Aish October 14, 2016 (4:33 pm)

    The pasta looks delicious. Love the big and bright colors and you got me at spicy.

  • Valerie October 14, 2016 (3:59 pm)

    Now I’m really craving this. This looks good.

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