Vegan Pumpkin & Sage Rigatoni

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I made this dish over a year ago, but I was so enamored with it I had to whip it up again and include a recipe tutorial to convey just how easy it is!


If there is one dish I’m forever head over heels for, its pumpkin and sage pasta! While I don’t make pasta on the regular, I find that it’s a quick effortless addition to any meal that can be packed with tons of veggies and nutrients!


First of all, I’m not quite sure as to why all these flavors blend seamlessly together, but they just do!





What I personally love about this Pumpkin & Sage dish is simply, everything. The aesthetic appeal screams fall weather, tons of kale, the pumpkin aroma resonates with everyone, it has minimal ingredients that are both accessible and affordable such as Barilla┬«, multiple textures with the shiitake bacon, and has both a savory and sweet flavor profile.





If there is one dish that will complete your fall recipe routine, you need to try my recipe for vegan Pumpkin & Sage Rigatoni with shiitake bacon!



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Why this recipe rocks: 




Great presentation


Slightly sweet and savory!

Accessible ingredients 

Perfect for fall

Great for entertaining 

Can be served inside a pumpkin for more aesthetic appeal
































Recipe Tutorial Video 







Yields 4-6 cups

Serves 4-6

Vegan Pumpkin Rigatoni with shiitake bacon

25 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 4 cups rigatoni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 medium shallot or red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 sage leaves minced
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 1 bunch of kale, (removed from stems) leaves coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup vegan Parm
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
  • Shiitake bacon:
  • 1 packages of shiitakes (sliced)
  • 1 tbs tamari
  • 1 tbs liquid smoke
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • 1 tbs vegan Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)


  1. Shiitake Bacon: Slice the mushrooms, coat in all the ingredients and bake in the oven on 250 for 30-40 minutes or until slightly crispy.. Rotate the mushrooms midway for an even cook. Mushrooms should be crispy, not hard. (coat in ingredients for however long you can)
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions, until al dente.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the shallots, sage, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt. Saute for 3-4 minutes, or until shallots are translucent.
  4. Whisk in the pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the almond milk and bring to a simmer for 5-7 minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the chopped kale and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the vegan parm. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  5. Toss the pasta with the pumpkin sauce and top with shiitake bacon, vegan parm, and toasted pine nuts




















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