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Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Cucina Antica Tuscany PumpkinAt Whole Foods Market®, we love sharing good food and drink. Whether it’s peak-of-the-season fruit, a team member creation from our bakery, or a new grocery discovery, we love celebrating great flavors and products. But we don’t just want to tell you about it; we want you to enjoy it too, which is why we’re giving it away! Read on to find out how you could win some free stuff. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, David from Brooklyn!                                                        

All around the country, people are welcoming a fall favorite: pumpkin. Whether beautifully displayed in the produce department, artfully carved on doorsteps, or pureed and baked into pies and cakes, this beloved gourd can be found just about everywhere. But, one place you might not expect to find our sweet and creamy orange friend is in pasta sauce. That’s where Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce comes in.

Inspired by Italy’s rustic harvest, Chef Neil Fusco has created a unique sauce made with peak-harvested pumpkin, flavorful San Marzano tomatoes, and an aromatic combination of garlic, rosemary and sage, all simmered with a touch of cream and perfected in small batches.

This soul-warming sauce is robust enough to toss with cheese ravioli but light enough to drizzle over sautéed vegetables. Want to pull together an easy vegetarian dinner? Just serve Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce with you favorite whole wheat pasta and pair with our Green Salad with Beets and Warm Walnut-Crusted Chèvre for a complete fall meal.

The possibilities are endless with a sauce as savory and versatile as this. Want to get your hands on some of this perfect fall pantry staple?

Tell us all about your favorite non-traditional pasta sauce in the comments below by Friday, November 14. We’ll pick one random winner to receive a case of Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends November 14, 2012, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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Alison says …

Does pesto count as nontraditional? I had a lot of basil this summer and ate a lot of pesto pasta.

Shala says …

I love vodka infused sauces. So good just tossed on whole wheat pasta with a big leafy spinach salad, yum yum!

Mark S says …

My fav non traditional sauce sounds a lot like this one. It's a creamy butternut squash and sage sauce.

Kara says …

roasted red pepper pesto

Alexandra says …

Yum, this sounds sooo good! My 'unusual' sauce isn't anything too unusual, but roasted mashed garlic, chile pepper flakes, and really good olive oil has always been a favorite!

mwosteen says …

Yum, yum, yum! I can't wait to try it! My favorite non-traditional pasta sauce consists of toasted walnuts, sautéed chicken, olive oil/butter, lemon, and scallions.

Barbara Rae Calder says …

I made a brown sauce with a touch of dijon and capers that I served over angel hair. It was great and it became a favorite of our household.

Lily Kwan says …

I like to put sesame seed oil on pasta.

katherine dibello says …

I love vegan "cheesy" pasta sauce made from soaked nuts and nutritional yeast!

Cara Goedecke says …

Well I love bean based sauces and one time I had an amazing "raw foods" pesto sauce. YUM!

Maria S. says …

My kids love to eat rotini noodles covered in butternut squash puree, so I would imagine I could get them to try this pumpkin pasta sauce. I'd love a case!

jen says …

i'm partial to an arugula and walnut pesto.

Judy says …

I think a creamy sauce made from chickpeas and garlic is awfully yummy.

Meg says …

A fabulous non-traditional pasta topper is arugula pesto made with fresh arugula, pine nuts, olive oil and fresh Parmesan. Toss with ditalini pasta and sauteed shallots for an exceptionally fresh and healthy meal.

Aneesa says …

Chocolate Pasta Sauce!!! Recently discovered this combo and it is simply delightful!

Rose says …

My favorite sauces have great vinegars in them, and ground roasted nuts with a dash of roasted hazelnut oil, or pistachio oil, and small amounts of tidbits such as lemon peel.

Theresa says …

Maple syrup sage sauce on sweet potato gnocchi.

Rhonda H says …

My favorite non-traditional sauce would be one I make with shallots, coconut milk, and curry. It works well with rice noodles and is a fun way to dress up Thai!

sasha says …

I like smitten kitchen's broccoli pesto sauce.

crystal says …

Vodka Red Sauce is my favorite non-traditional sauce!

Joette says …

My favorite is simple--fresh garlic (and lots of it) with a little olive oil and butter. Easy & sinful!

Niki says …

I have tried guacamole. Wasn't to bad.

Yoona Hyun Kye says …

My non traditional pasta sauce would be sliced garlic, crushed dry red peppers,fresh tomatos, spinach, fresh herbs, with olive oil with grilled wild salmon on top.

Audrey C. says …

A favorite restaurant makes a wonderful walnut sauce that includes ground walnuts, pine nuts, and onions.

Rachel says …

Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto with cheese tortellini! Give it a try. You won't be disappointed!

ellen says …

We had sloppy joe sauce over pasta this week in one of my never-ending attempts to get my 5 yr old to eat protein with her pasta! For a more grown-up pasta, I love Jamie Oliver's recipe for pasta with butter-sauteed parsnips, pancetta, garlic and rosemary. It's outstanding! No way the kid would eat that though. :(

Molly says …

Peanut butter melted and mixed with cracked red pepper!

Leanne says …

I love making tofu alfredo sauce!!!!!!!!

Leanne says …

I love making tofu alfredo sauce!!!!!!!!

morgan parker says …

Dave's Gourmet Butternut squash pasta sauce. I cannot go back to eating regular sauce again. I'm thinking this could be a fair contender to take the top spot in my spaghetti squash topper heart.

morgan parker says …

Dave's Gourmet Butternut squash pasta sauce. I cannot go back to eating regular sauce again. I'm thinking this could be a fair contender to take the top spot in my spaghetti squash topper heart.

Debbie Cabana says …

I love a Walnut Pesto and like to try "outside the norm" sauces like butternut squash or something with a flavored olive oil or my favorite dark chocolate flavored balsamic vinegar.

Sylvia Paprzyca says …

Yum!

Sylvia Paprzyca says …

Yum!

David says …

sun-dried tomoato sauce

Barbdeld says …

I make a homemade Vegan Pumpkin cream sauce for Pasta. It is so good and creamy. Its just onions and garlic sauteed and 1 can of pumpkin, Soy cream and nutritional yeast. Thats it!!

Max says …

Three words: Almond. Garlic. Sauce. Delicious. Okay, four.

Vijaya says …

I like the tingling sauce with spinach, green chilli, ginger with cheese, milk and potato baked in cooked pasta for 45 min. I will love to try another variation with the tuscany pumpkin pasta sauce..

Jane says …

Hmmmm...Coconut oil-sauteed onions, garlic, zucchini, and squash. YUM!!!!

Karen says …

Olive oil, fresh crushed garlic, parsley, black pepper/salt, and browned sliced mushrooms! Yum!

Stefanie Hall says …

I like to try new things but since I am on a tight budget, I don't do it as much as I would like. Thanks for giving me a chance to try something new!

Reuven Lewis says …

In Turino, heavy sauces are common and Alfredo is one example of a French Roux used in Italy. I generously put equal parts butter and flour into a double boiler while adding small amounts of milk and cream while stirring constantly. When the consistency seems about right, I then add a generous amount of grated Parmesan and/or Romano cheeses. Really, any preferred hard cheese which is grated will mix together the same way. If the sauce begins to become too thick, then add more milk. Fresh herbs such as basil or even shell fish will compliment this sauce beautifully.

Lindsay Smith says …

Vegan alfredo with cashew butter!

Mylia Chambers says …

Along the lines of pumpkin pasta sauce, I enjoy butternut squash pasta sauce. YUM!

susan says …

I bake pumpkin until it is soft, then saute in garlic, Italian spices and oil, then toss with cooked penne.

Kris says …

I think it might just be pumpkin, so hopefully I will win, if not off to Whole Foods. Sounds delicious and you can never have too much pumpkin this time of year!

Sunny says …

My husband and I have been making the transition towards a Vegetarian/Vegan diet. During this time, we have experimented with a lot of different recipes including one that is a great pasta topper. The recipe is Avocado Pesto Pasta from Chef Chloe. It is rich, smooth, and amazingly delicious!

C.D. Lambright says …

Well, I've never tried a non-traditional pasta sauce, so I have nothing to add here. I pretty much have only had marinara or alfredo or pesto. That's about it. Not sure how a pumpkin sauce would be.

Ann says …

Sauted butter and sage leaves, some lemon juice and parmesan! Quick, easy and YUM!

Rachelle says …

I agree with Shala about the vodka infused sauce; yummy! My mother also makes this really delicious pear and brandy sauce; that she pairs with pork, pasta and spinach - still asking for the recipe.

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