Pumpkin Alfredo with Buttery Sage Breadcrumbs

Enjoy a cozy dinner in with this recipe for Pumpkin Alfredo with Buttery Sage Breadcrumbs. Fettuccine is tossed in a silky pumpkin alfredo sauce and topped with crispy panko for the ultimate fall meal.

pumpkin alfredo swirled on a plate and topped with crispy sage breadcrumbs

Well folks, it’s officially pumpkin season. Gear up for all the gourd-themed foods. We’ve got pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies, pumpkin… pasta?

Yes, you read that right!

Imagine a steamy bowl of fettuccine in a creamy, parmesan-y pumpkin alfredo sauce, sprinkled with buttery herby panko breadcrumbs. This is THE dish, and it’s absolutely perfect for a cozy fall dinner.

close up shot of golden brown breadcrumbs with crispy sage pieces

Just look at those golden crispies!

The Buttery Sage Breadcrumbs are an extra step to prepare, but well worth the effort if I do say so myself. Using crispy panko and toasting until a nutty golden brown adds some welcome texture and a little extra flair to an otherwise simple pasta dish.

I don’t advise skipping this step!

pumpkin alfredo in a frying pan sitting on a kitchen towel

Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce Ingredients

Bringing this pumpkin alfredo sauce together couldn’t be much easier, either. All you’ll need is:

  • butter
  • minced garlic
  • canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • heavy cream
  • parmesan
  • salt & pepper
overhead shot of pumpkin alfredo pasta swirled on a fork laying on a plate beside a spoon

Sauté up your garlic in butter before adding the pumpkin puree and heavy cream. Whisk in some parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and a little pasta water to thin out the sauce and voila! A luscious, silky sauce that’ll have you licking the spoon.

Toss your cooked pasta in the hot pumpkin alfredo sauce. Plate it up and finish with a good handful of buttery breadcrumbs.


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Pumpkin Alfredo with Buttery Sage Breadcrumbs

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  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


Enjoy a cozy fall meal in with hot fettuccine tossed in a silky pumpkin alfredo sauce, topped with buttery sage panko breadcrumbs.



For the Sage Breadcrumbs

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 large sage leaves
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

For the Pumpkin Alfredo

  • 1/2 pound dry fettuccine
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper


For the Sage Breadcrumbs

  1. Place the butter in a clean skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently until it begins to brown. Add the whole sage leaves and continue to cook until the butter is golden brown and frothy, and the sage is crispy.
  2. Remove the sage from the butter and place leaves on a dry paper towel to drain. Carefully transfer half of the browned butter to a small bowl and set aside to be used for the pasta sauce.
  3. Add the panko breadcrumbs to the skillet with the remaining brown butter. Cook stirring frequently until they are fully toasted and golden brown. Crumble in the crispy sage leaves and mix to combine with the panko. Set aside to cool.

For the Pumpkin Alfredo

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving about a cup of cooking water for the pasta sauce.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, place the reserved brown butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic cloves and sauté for 30 seconds until brown and fragrant.
  3. Add in the pumpkin puree and cook another 1 – 2 minutes before whisking in the heavy cream and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then reduce to low heat and allow sauce to simmer a few minutes.
  4. Transfer the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss to coat in the sauce. Add in the reserved pasta water to thin to the desired consistency.
  5. Divide into serving bowls and top with crispy sage breadcrumbs. Enjoy!


Storage: Refrigerate leftover pasta in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat with a splash of cream or water to loosen the sauce. Store breadcrumbs separately in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American

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