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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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Davina says …

sun dried tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil and garlic. can't go wrong!

Kat M says …

I made some curried pumpkin soup w/ tomatoes some years ago and tried the leftovers over pasta.. it was absolutesly fabulous and I have made it every year since to celebrate the season. I can't wait to try this sauce!

Christina says …

My tried and true secret ingredient for rich, creamy, low-fat tomato-based sauce? White beans (usually great northerns)! I just whisk up my usual tomato sauce, varying based on what's on hand, and once it's nicely simmered, I ladle about half into the blender and add a cup or two of pre-cooked or canned beans. I blend it up until everything is perfectly smooth, then return to the sauce pan. It gives a wonderful richness, much like adding heavy cream, but without the saturated fat—and it's friendly for vegetarian/vegan guests! What's more, no one has yet been able to guess what the secret ingredient is!

Debbie E. says …

My fave pasta sauce I make has little pieces of mackerel in it, not crazy, but different. I also include tomatoes and spices. You had me at Gluten-Free with this sauce though. And pumpkin to boot? To die for! Thanks for the chance to win.

melanie says …

My favorite pasta sauce is butternut squash.

Robert Launay says …

This looks delicitous! For a non-traditional pasta sauce, I would suggest the kind of butter they serve with escargots -- butter, garlic and parsley.

Tina says …

Any pasta with chopped butternut, diced onion, diced tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and toasted pine nuts. Simply the best and d e l i c i o u s ! Me so curious to try pumpkin but $6.99 for a jar, ouch! Hopefully, I'll win the case! :) *crossing my fingers & praying hard!*

Juliann says …

Leftover bean soups, especially split pea, make lovely sauces!

Catherine Ingram says …

Mmm, nothing says Fall like pumpkin. Tis sauce would be delicious over my fav pumpkin or squash ravioli sold @ Whole Foods!!

Belle Reve says …

A sprinkle of cocoa in a pepper sauce is so decadent.

Samantha Salerno says …

We are Vegan, so my husband always makes a wonderful non-tradition pasta sauce made of tomato paste, black and garbonzo beans, green and red peppers, onions and even carrots to put on top of our homemade pasta! It is great and our kids even like it! This Pumpkin sauce looks amazing and we would love to win some! Thanks!

April says …

A white wine lemon burre blanc my husband makes. Yummy!

kat says …

brown butter and sage sauce is my favorite!

Darla Watts says …

Butternut squash sauce makes an excellent lasagna! I am also experimenting with it in bread pudding.

Amanda says …

This sounds like it would be a winner for adults and children!

Amanda says …

This sounds like it would be a winner for adults and children!

Carolyne Moore says …

I have had a number of squash products, but never a pumpkin pasta sauce. This sounds amazing.

Krista Munster says …

I like my sauce chunky so I like to put lots of goodies in it, especially chopped garlic and veggies. Sauce is a good way to use up that leftover half an onion or spinach that needs to be used.

Alyssa N. says …

I once had this pasta in Orvieto, Italy that I think was coated with simply lard and black pepper, with a few flakes of parmesan cheese. I cringed at the thought of lard on my pasta at first, but once I tasted it, I was hooked!

stephanie says …

Just simple crushed or roasted tomatoes over pasta....mmmm

Rebecca says …

I think a great non-traditional sauce is coconut-cilantro. Mmmmm, it goes well with shrimp and veggies, for sure!

roberta maguire says …

I make roasted red pepper coulis for vegetarian pasta dishes, and sometimes add cream with appropriate spices.

Judy Stuebe says …

I would enjoy a non-traditional sauce that includes quinoa, raisins, and cranberries, with some fresh, chopped cilantro and basil added last.

Michelle K says …

I love making pasta sauce with grilled raddichio... it's super flavorful when grilled, tossed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, and then shopped and served over pasta.

Amy says …

I LOVE to make a creamy avocado pasta sauce. I just blend together avocados, a little lemon juice, olive oil, galic, onion, cilantro, salt and pepper. A great summertime topping for pasta!

Gina says …

I love making homemade pesto but I usually use walnuts instead of pine nuts. I recently read that one can use pumpkin seeds instead - I am going to try that soon!

sarah lillie says …

Vodka sauces are my favorite as they are so creamy!! I love to top the pasta with fresh basil. The colors and taste are amazing!

Tara says …

brown butter, sage a little cinnamon on sweet potato gnocchi mmm mmm good!!

Julie Bellante says …

1. Walnuts and Gorgonzola Cheese. 2. Roasted Winter Veggies and Sage/Brown Butter. 3. Chopped Raw Heirloom Tomato, Garlic, Good Olive Oil, Torn Basil and Shredded Peccorino Cheese. 4. Potato, Pesto and Green Beans.

Jeanne Nix says …

My favorite is a vegan tomato-based sauce I came up with made with different peppers, zucchini, eggplant, olives, garlic, fresh herbs, spinach, onion, and artichoke hearts.

Tonya Douglas says …

Fresh Basil and Garlic Alfredo sauce!

Stephanie Patterson says …

Might be traditional for some, but not us, I'm making a browned butter sage sauce for some pumpkin ravioli tonight.

Karen Carlo says …

Butter and brown sugar makes cheese ravoli into mini cheesecake treats!

Susan C. says …

I've made a faux pesto pasta sauce with cannned peas, olive oil and parmesan cheese. Yum. But I LOVE pumpkin and can't wait to try the Tuscany Pumpkin Sauce.

Molly Bland says …

Looks delicious. I'm pretty traditional, but I love spicy, hot pepper sauces.

Dana says …

Toasted walnuts blended with kale, and parsley!

Sara W says …

My favorite go-to non-traditional "sauce" is actually just sauted kale, cubed roasted butternut squash, fresh ricotta cheese and a little pasta water, nutmeg and pepper all mixed together.

Mary says …

Love reading these comments - I now have a lot of different ideas to choose from! I love traditional puttanesca sauce.

Brenda Hanke says …

I love a creamy sauce with Chickpea and garlic!!

Emma says …

Mmmm red curry sauce over linguini! ;)

Elizabeth Williamson says …

Roasted red pepper cream is one of my favorite non-traditional pasta sauces. Yum-O!

Sara W says …

I love a simple browned butter and sage sauce over pasta!

Rachel Hull says …

We use a home-made melted cheese & butter sauce mostly. Nothing as unique as a pumpkin sauce. But its still yummy!

Katie Jo Sheek says …

Love Vodka/Cream sauces to go with fresh pasta!

SHELLY BLAND says …

This would be a step in the right direction to try something new. Can't say I would purchase this on my own...however if I were to win it, I would use it for sure and may discover a new dish!

Keslie says …

My favorite is cream based butternut squash soup!

Ashlee Popka says …

Love using bacon fat, coconut milk and pureed veggies for a creamy Paleo sauce - over spaghetti squash of course!

Debra says …

I love a fresh tomato sauce -- no cooking involved. Chopped, perfectly ripened summer tomatoes with olive oil, parmesan, salt and pepper. It's essential to pasta in the summertime!

Robin Brink says …

My family loves anything pumpkin and I'm always creating a new pasta sauce so it's a perfect fit for us!

Michelle says …

I'm a big fan of walnut and parsley pesto.

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