This post was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I really got into the fall spirit this year! I carved pumpkins with my little “niece” (my best friend’s daughter), decorated my apartment for both Halloween AND fall even though no one came over to see it, and used pumpkin puree quite liberally in the kitchen. This recipe for Pumpkin Pasta with Crispy Fried Sage and Pine Nuts is a result of my pumpkin-y experimentation.
Along with pumpkin, I played around with several different kinds of Better Than Bouillon and ended up using two of them in my pasta recipe. If you haven’t used Better Than Bouillon before, it’s a flavorful paste concentrate equivalent to a bouillon cube or broth. You can use it to make a tasty stock, to create a marinade, or just to add a punch of flavor to any dish.
Better Than Bouillon is extremely easy to dissolve, unlike bouillon cubes which can be gritty. I personally love to mix some of the Roasted Chicken flavor with hot water in a mug when I want a quick soup. I just slice some green onions to top it with and I’m all set!
Better Than Bouillon has four categories: Premium, Vegetarian, Organic, and Reduced Sodium
- Premium Flavors: Chicken, Beef, Vegetable, Roasted Garlic, Chili, Clam, Fish, Ham, Lobster, Mushroom, Turkey
- Organic: Roasted Chicken, Mushroom, Turkey, Beef, Vegetable
- Vegetarian: Vegetable, Roasted Garlic, Organic Vegetable, Vegetarian No Beef Base, Vegetarian No Chicken Base
- Reduced Sodium: Reduced Sodium Beef, Reduced Sodium Chicken, Reduced Sodium Vegetable
For this Pumpkin Pasta with Crispy Fried Sage and Pine Nuts recipe, you’ll need two Better Than Bouillon flavors: Roasted Chicken and Roasted Garlic. We’ll use one to add some extra flavor to our pasta water and one to pump up the garlic flavor in the sauce.
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The most complicated part of this recipe is frying up the sage—and even that’s not terribly tricky! If you can master that, everything else is a piece of cake.
This pumpkin sauce is buttery, garlicky, decadent, and perfectly coats the pasta for a velvety mouthfeel.
Once you toss the cooked pasta in the pumpkin sauce, garnish with toasted pine nuts, crispy fried sage, and some grated salty cheese (I used mimolette but you could use parmesan), and anyone you serve this to will be completely impressed!
Don’t forget to pick up Better Than Bouillon before you make this recipe! You can find Better Than Bouillon at most grocery stores—use the store locator on the Better Than Bouillon website to find a store near you.
Pumpkin Pasta with Crispy Fried Sage and Pine Nuts
- 6 oz. fettuccine
- 1 tsp. Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base
- ⅛ tsp. Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base
- 1 medium shallot minced
- ¼ c. fresh sage pulled from stem
- 3 tbsp. butter
- 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
- 4 c. water
- 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
- ½ tsp. red pepper flakes optional
- Parmesan, Mimolette, or other salty hard cheese of your choice
- Toast pine nuts in saucepan or skillet over medium heat until lightly browned and fragrant. Set aside.
- Add butter to the warm pan you used to toast the pine nuts. Melt over medium heat until bubbly and beginning to brown.
- Add fresh sage leaves to the brown butter and fry until golden brown along edges. Remove HALF of the leaves to paper towel lined plate.
- While sage is frying, add water and Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base to separate pot (for pasta). Bring to boil, then add fettuccine and cook to al dente. Reserve the pasta water.
- Add minced shallot to the remaining half of the sage leaves and brown butter. Sautee until translucent.
- To the shallot, sage, and butter, add 1/2 c. pasta water, Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base, pumpkin puree, and optional red pepper flakes. Let simmer and add more pasta water to thin as needed. Once the sauce is hot and at your desired consistency, add a generous squeeze of lemon juice.
- Add cooked fettucine to the sauce and toss to combine. Garnish with toasted pine nuts, fried sage, and freshly grated Parmesan or Mimolette.