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Southwestern Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

Pumpkin and chipotle gives creamy Alfredo sauce a beautiful color and a spicy nutty flavor. The white chocolate helps to blend and enhance the ingredients. Although fettuccine is the traditional pasta for Alfredo sauce the shape of gemelli pasta holds more of the delicious sauce! Do not make the sauce ahead of time. Reheating can make it separate. If you are reheating leftovers be sure that the sauce is mixed with pasta.
Course Side
Cuisine American - Southwest
Keyword creamy, rich, smoky, spicy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 702kcal
Author Marye


  • 1 Pound Fettuccine cooked - whole wheat works well here
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 chipotle in adobo with sauce mashed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano plus some for sprinkling on top of the finished dish
  • 1/3 cup grated Romano
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
  • 1.58 ounces Forte Chocolates Gusto Balsamic White Chocolate bar broken in pieces
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • About 1 cup pasta water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup cilantro , chopped, for garnish (optional)
  • 1/3 cup Cojita cheese , crumbled, for garnish, optional


  • Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • Drain, reserving 1-2 cups of the water.
  • Melt the butter in a large pan.
  • Add the garlic and chipotle, saute for 1 minute, do not brown.
  • Add the cream, cheese, pumpkin, white chocolate, and nutmeg.
  • Stir until smooth.
  • Add enough of the hot pasta water to get a smooth, creamy sauce.
  • Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Add the pasta to the pan and heat for a minute or two.
  • Serve garnished with  crumbled cojita cheese and chopped cilantro.


*Make sure your pasta is cooking or cooked when you start this sauce. *This sauce does NOT reheat well. *Add leftover cooked turkey -- it's a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!


Calories: 702kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3795IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 208mg | Iron: 1.8mg