Enjoy this fall-inspired pasta sauce, tinged with heat from a small helping of cayenne pepper.
I stumbled upon a pumpkin butternut squash pasta sauce from my local grocery store and mindlessly threw it in my cart. What’s something new? I thought. I didn’t think my entire family would enjoy it.
As I scraped together the last of the pasta sauce out of the jar, I knew I needed to recreate it.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – another pumpkin dish? But hear me out.
My fall 2022 garden grew more pumpkins than I knew what to do with! (Read more about my fall garden here.) I knew I wanted more than just pie, but I didn’t realize a store-bought pasta sauce would be such a hit with my family. Thus, I turned to the pumpkins I had just picked and knew I needed to get to work giving my family something homegrown.
The recipe took some tweaking at first. But after a few dashed of this or that spice and another spoon or two of taste testing, I knew I had a recipe I was confident in feeding to my family. Even better? I already stock all of these ingredients in my home any way! No more frantically wondering what I’m going to cook for dinner on a hectic night. So long as I have a butternut squash in my produce bin, I’m ready for anything!
THINGS TO NOTE
My family enjoys this best served with sausage for that extra dose of spice. And when shopping around for store-bought pumpkin, be sure to buy pumpkin puree – NOT pumpkin pie filling.
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- 2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 2 cups butternut squash puree (1 medium butternut squash, peeled and boiled)
- 2 TBSP tomato puree
- 1/3 c heavy cream
- 2 TBSP sugar
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 2 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 TBSP parsley flakes
- 1 TBSP butter
Wash and peel your butternut squash. Dice into 1 inch cubes and boil until tender, or a fork is easily removed from squash. About 25 minutes.
Mash or blend butternut squash to create butternut squash puree.
In a pan, combine butternut squash puree, pumpkin puree, tomato puree, heavy cream, butter and spices. Bring to a simmer.
Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, until thoroughly heated through.
Add additional cayenne pepper for more spice!
Our family enjoys eating this fall-inspired sauce with sausage for that extra dose of spice.