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Pepper Pasta with Spicy Pumpkin Cashew Sauce

Packing a nice kick from chili and cayenne, this Pepper Pasta with Spicy Pumpkin Cashew Sauce is a filling and tasty vegetarian dinner.

pepper pasta with dairy free spicy pumpkin cashew cream sauce

As you know from my last post (and the statement above); in honor of it being National Pasta Month, The National Pasta Association and The Recipe Redux are hosting a Pasta Recipe Challenge for Recipe Redux members.

As pasta is something I don’t mess with too often – I figured I would take on the challenge and post one recipe to enter the contest and be done with it.

One and done – right?!

Or so I thought…


Last night, sauteed peppers and black beans were on the menu…simple and quick and easy as my daughter and I had a “dine and dash” kind of night – actually it was more like a “dash and dine and dash some more” kind of night!

pumpkin and cashew cream sauce

But, then I spied some soaked cashews in the back of the fridge when I was getting the peppers out, and they bumped into some unused pumpkin on their way…and…that same hamster (who was responsible for that Chocolate Manicotti yesterday) started making my belly moan at the fact that dinner was only gonna be veggies and beans!

And then, as if my daughter and said hamster were on the same page, my daughter started mumbling something about being a growing child and veggies and beans needed carbs to keep her from starvation and it was her day of the week to eat some energy-boosting, brain-power-enhancing pasta and …blah…blah..blah…

pepper pasta with spicy pumpkin cashew cream sauce - dairy free

So, I did what any other lactose-intolerant parent of a hungry (bordering on hangry) teen would do and made a sauce with the cashews and pumpkin to go with the peppers and beans; and my daughter suggested – maybe some leftover pasta (used for painting) could be added in too…

…and well…

…that is how this sauce happened…

…this sauce…

…this creamy dreamy sauce…

…I am at a loss for words…

The mix of soaked cashews and pumpkin and cumin, coriander, chili, turmeric, cayenne, and paprika had our taste-buds humming – and quietened that high maintenance hamster and mumbling teen in the process!

This sauce is slightly spicy – but more or less chili and cayenne can be used according to your preference. Mixed with the peppers and pasta and beans – my daughter suggested this was worth an entry into the contest too.

This dish -from start to finish- took less than 25 minutes, it is extremely budget friendly and perfect for an energy-draining night of “dash and dine and dash some more”!

spicy pumpkin cashew sauced pepper pasta
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Pepper Pasta with Spicy Pumpkin Cashew Sauce

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Packing a nice kick from chili and cayenne, this Pepper Pasta with Spicy Pumpkin Cashew Sauce is a filling and tasty vegetarian dinner.


  • 2 cups dry pasta
  • Olive oil
  • 1 red onion -chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper -chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper -chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper -chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, soaked and cooked or canned
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 cup soaked cashews, Mine were in the fridge overnight
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring water to a boil and add pasta and cook for 10 minutes - or according to package directions
  2. Coat a pan with olive oil, and saute the chopped onion and garlic for about 10 minutes
  3. While the onions are sauteing, add the cashews and almond milk to a blender or food processor and whiz till creamy and set aside for a moment
  4. Add the peppers and black beans and stir well for about a minute
  5. Add the creamed cashews and pumpkin to the pan with the sauteed peppers and onions and garlic
  6. Add the pasta and all the spices, season to taste and sprinkle with chopped fresh peppers
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 515Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 0mgSodium 303mgCarbohydrates 70gFiber 9gSugar 8gProtein 17g

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Curry and Comfort

Sunday 12th of October 2014

I love the spices you have going on in this creamy and healthy pasta dish. Well done. :)

helene dsouza

Sunday 12th of October 2014

This is soo my food, no doubt! Pepper, cashew pumpkin, this could be a fusion/goan dish. Will save this for oen of these days. Thanks!

Katherine Baker

Saturday 11th of October 2014

YES!!!! this is flawless. love the cashew sauce! making this for sure!

Kiran @

Friday 10th of October 2014

That sauce has my name all over it!! LOVE :)

Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon

Thursday 9th of October 2014

I need to try this cashew sauce - sounds gorgeously creamy!

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