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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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Kimberly Thompson says …

I don't know how "non-traditional" it is, but I love a simple lemon-garlic-extra virgin olive oil sauce with angel hair, spinach and pignolis.

Alison says …

I like to make pesto using broccoli and cheese - it's very healthy and not greasy, like some pesto sauces can be.

Sandra K says …

Basil pesto would probably be my favorite or just something simple like olive oil and lemon juice.

Cheryl Franklin says …

My favorite non-traditional pasta sauce begins with a fairly conventional Lasagne Bolognese Alforno sauce, but takes a different direction with the extra ingredients I add according to my own taste. These include a substantial amount of brown sugar, free-range turkey instead of beef, lots of green peppers, lots of Vidalia onions, and extra black pepper.

CHRISTINE says …

PESTO, PESTO, PESTO, WITH THE PINENUTS AND PARMESANO

Sara Grivas says …

I love a tomato/salsa type of sauce used as a pasta sauce!

Kim says …

I love using tomato soup as a base for meat sauce with basil and oregano. It's like the grownup version of spaghetti-os

Harriett says …

Add whipping cream to an otherwise traditional pasta sauce and you will get compliments galore!

Erica W says …

It's great to go to the farmer's market and whole foods and see what is in season. Bring all the ingredients home, throw it together, and top it with one your delicious cheese options and there you go! Never traditional...always fresh.

Leah says …

As a cheese addict, I love pasta with olive oil and melted mozzarella

Kelly C says …

My favorite sauce uses avocado! It's a creamy pesto with basil, pine nuts, avocados, garlic, spices and throw in some grape tomatoes for garnish.

Marie says …

I don't think I've had a non-traditional sauce.

Elizabeth Rogers says …

I love a sun dried tomato pesto sauce!!

Victoria says …

Good quality olive oil, roasted garlic and pine nuts with basil pesto sauce.

Emilie Puttrich says …

My favorite non traditional pasta sauce is a simple olive oil and lemon juice with salt and pepper!

Lisa O. says …

Pasta with anchovies, garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.

Maggie says …

Brown butter sauce

Laura says …

My favorite non-traditional pasta sauce is a roasted garlic and lemon infused olive oil. Simple and delicious.

linda c says …

I love artichoke pasta sauce! But pumpkin would be yummy!

Kimberly says …

My favorite non traditional pasta sauce is actually or pumpkin pasta! Pumpkin purée, heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and some salt with ravioli. Delicioso!

Jennie R says …

My favorite non-traditional "sauce" is to heat up the cast iron pan, add a little olive oil, and toss in a bunch of tiny tomatoes - sungolds, grape, whatever... and let them get a little browned, or burst open, until they are hot and sizzly, then pour them over the pasta with some good olive oil, some cracked black pepper, and shaved parmesan. Yum!!!

Sarah says …

I love just about anything made from pumpkin, including this sauce, which I sampled in my local whole foods a couple Weeks ago. My favorite pumpkin dish is from a Japanese restaurant back in my home town of Seattle. It is a pumpkin fried rice that is served in the pumpkin shell, so you can scrape out every last bit of pumpkin. Yum!

Stephanie Stoltz says …

My favorite non-traditional pasta sauces tend to be the Asian peanut sauces! Slightly sweet and delicious!!!

Charlene says …

Yellow tomato sauce......made from yellow tomatoes!

Teddi Beam-Conroy says …

Hmmm....braised greens, cherry tomatoes, lots of garlic, a good olive oil, spicy sausage, steamed broccoli, and a grating of yummy cheese like grana padano. But I could imagine pumpkin, black bean, some of that spicy sausage, and - oh, yeah - a grating of yummy cheese like grana padano.

Amy L says …

My favorite non-traditional "sauce" is beaten egg and grated parmesan cheese. Sort of a short-cut version of Pasta Carbonara. It's great comfort food.

Joyce raftery says …

Walnuts, fresh garlic, basil, extra virgin olive oil, Greek black olives, red peppers grilled, pasta, parmesan and sheep feta cheese Delicious!

Lindy Crain says …

Rachael Ray's Saffron Heirloom Tomato Sauce.

Chris Williams says …

Favorite non-traditional pasta sauce is a pumpkin pasta sauce I have used for the past 5 years or so. It has a touch of cayenne pepper to add some heat, neufatel (or cream cheese) to make it creamy, milk, parmesan cheese (grated) and some spices. I found I could freeze leftovers, but rarely had them as I would also use this as a pizza sauce with canned salmon, red or green peppers, onions and whatever else I have on hand (or have as leftovers).

sarah says …

my standard variation of pasta is topped with roasted vegetable sauce mixed with fresh carrots, broccoli, and goat cheese

Mary M-M says …

I make a sauce with avocado, walnuts, and garlic.

anna says …

I loved some butternut squash that I mixed into some cheesy pasta yesterday - this sounds pretty similar!

Marianne says …

Just a quick simple sauce, saute some fresh Italian sausage and raisins in olive oil and a little butter, add some turmeric and a touch of cream. Toss pasta in sauce. Quick simple and tasty

Meredith says …

Whole Foods brand brown sesame oil, YUM!

Olga says …

I love the raw sauces like puttanesca but also love a pumpkin pasta sauce but of course I need some help with the later!!!!

Karen Shaw says …

Olive oil minced garlic pepper flakes and Italian parsley mixed with either clams or shrimp served over thin spaghetti

Jillian Tackett says …

I love Vodka Sauce and Spinach with Parmesan Sauce. :)

Wanda Yanez says …

Make a quick meal with pasta for the kids with a slice of meatloaf.

Amy Morrison says …

I guess my fave sauce isn't really too non-traditional..I love me some fresh pesto!! Mmmm....but this Cucina Antica Tuscany Pumpkin sauce sounds like it could be a contender for my new favorite!!

Heather says …

My family is asking for haddock with a sauteed cucumber and caper sauce that I served over pasta.

GAIL D. says …

I RECENTLY MADE A PASTA SAUCE USING ONION, GARLIC, CELERY, CARROTS, & EDAMAME WITH CHICKEN BROTH(HOMEMADE) AND ITALIAN SEASONINGS. IT WAS EXTREMELY TASTY.

Miguel Castro says …

Parmesan vodka sauce

reuven says …

A German dish that I like is a light mustard, basil hollandaise sauce poured over a wood fired salmon fillet.

BL says …

I like to mix in hot sauce with my pasta sauce for a nice kick

Stephanie says …

Oooh yum, this sounds so good! I like to use a "cheezy" sauce meant for kale chips on pasta, too. It has raw cashews, red bell pepper, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, and salt in it. So good! Especially with some wilted spinach thrown in.

Deanna says …

My kids favorite is Alfredo sauce with a huge dollop of pesto.

Aejin H says …

My favorite non traditional pasta sauce consists of garlic oil, minced garlic, and black pepper.

Gail says …

I love pasta sauce made with yellow pear tomatoes. The pear tomatoes give the sauce a yellow color and an extra sweet flavor.

Lee Bell says …

My favorite pasta sauce is tomato vodka yummy.

Kelly says …

The best pasta sauce I've ever tasted is a special family recipe by a little old Italian lady I know. She said that real Italian pasta sauce never has sugar, peppers, or mushrooms; but it does have red wine. One taste and it had the most amazing, unique, savory flavor I'd ever had! I'd ask for the recipe, but it's secret.

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