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vegan pumpkin alfredo in a white bowl.
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5 from 3 votes

Vegan pumpkin alfredo

This vegan pumpkin alfredo is flavourful from sage and spices, and makes for a lovely comfort food dinner for the fall months. Serves 3-4.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, British, Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Claire


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ white onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove finely diced + more to taste
  • cup pistachios
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon sage leaves diced
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cm ginger grated or finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • pasta quantity to preference
  • salt
  • pinch black pepper optional


  • Add the pistachio nuts to warm water in a container that can be sealed and set aside to soak for at least two hours. Then rinse in fresh water in a sieve.
  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
  • Fry the onion and garlic in olive oil until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add the sage, ginger and sweet paprika.
  • Pour a cup of fresh water into a blender and add the pistachio nuts. Blend to a cream consistency (it will be fairly thin, rather than a thick cream).
  • Add the pistachio cream and pumpkin puree to the pan and stir well. Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes for the sauce to thicken. Then use tongs to add the pasta and stir so that it is well coated in the sauce. Add salt and pepper (if using) to taste.


  • Adjust the amount of sage, ginger and sweet paprika to taste preference. This recipe is quite subtle in terms of flavour so increase quantities if you prefer more herbs or spice. I suggest seasoning fairly well with salt.
  • Use gluten-free pasta if you prefer or are sensitive to gluten.
Swiss Interest Group Histamine Intolerance (SIGHI) food compatibility list for histamine
All ingredients score 0 on the SIGHI list, with the exception of:
  • garlic, which scores 1.
  • ginger, which scores 1.
  • black pepper, which scores 1.
  • pasta, of which wheat scores 1.
  • pumpkin scores 0, but is rated higher on other lists.