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Vegan Pumpkin Pasta with Pumpkin Bean Balls

A comforting plant based meal made with pumpkin and fall flavors. 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Bean Ball Resting Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Cassidy Reeser, RDN, LDN


For the Vegan Pumpkin Pasta

  • 8 ounces spaghetti noodles, dry
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk, such as soy milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ground black pepper, to taste

For the Pumpkin Bean Balls

  • 1/2 cup canned pureed pumpkin
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) cannelini beans
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, raw or roasted
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage, dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme, dry
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


To Make the Vegan Pumpkin Pasta

  • Prepare spaghetti noodles according to package instructions. Set aside. 
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Saute the minced garlic for 1 minute or until aromatic. Stir in the flour and nutrition yeast, cooking until lightly browned (about 1 minute).
  • Slowly pour in the non-dairy milk. Continuously whisk the mixture to prevent clumping. Add in the pumpkin, whisking to combine. Add salt, sage, and red pepper flakes.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  • Simmer until sauce is thick and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. If the sauce gets too thick, add additional non-dairy milk or pasta water to thin it down.
  • Combine cooked spaghetti, pumpkin sauce, and pumpkin bean balls. Top with additional red pepper flakes, fresh sage, pumpkin seeds, and fresh ground black pepper. 

To Make the Pumpkin Bean Balls

  • Prepare the flax egg by mixing ground flax seed and water together in a small dish. Let rest for three minutes before using. 
  • Drain and rinse the beans. Pat dry with a towel to remove excess moisture.
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Processor until mostly broken down but not entirely pureed. Let the mixture rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This makes it easier to form the bean balls.
  • Form the refrigerated mixture into 10-12 ping pong sized balls. To prepare by frying, heat 1 tablespoon of canola oil in a medium pan. Add the bean balls to the hot oil, stirring occasionally to brown all sides. They are ready when the outsides are lightly browned and crispy. Alternately, prepare the bean balls by adding them to the simmering pumpkin sauce. Cook for about 10 minutes, until warmed through.