Roast pumpkin, chilli and nut pasta
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Doug Sherring
Pumpkin is abundant and cheap at present. In a pasta, the chilli gives it a great kick. Try serving it with a dollop of mascarpone and additional nuts as a garnish, with a big seasonal green salad on the side, too.
|½||Pumpkin, peeled and chopped into 2-3cm chunks, roughly 2 cupfuls|
|2 Tbsp||Olive oil|
|1 tsp||Flaky sea salt|
|1 tsp||Chilli flakes, plus an additional pinch|
|400 g||Fettuccine, pappardelle or other long pasta|
|¼ cup||Almonds, alternatively, use walnuts or hazelnuts|
|3 cloves||Garlic, freshly crushed|
|1 bowl||Grated parmesan cheese, to serve|
|1 sprinkle||Parsley, to garnish|
- Heat oven to 200C. Cover a roasting tray with baking paper. Add the pumpkin, then drizzle with olive oil and add the sea salt and chilli flakes. Roast for about 30 minutes.
- Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water, until al dente. Set aside.
- Roughly chop the nuts. Heat a large frying pan to medium heat and add the nuts. Gently heat for a few minutes as they turn golden. Add the butter, garlic and the additional pinch of chilli flakes, and gently heat, being careful not to burn the garlic. After a few minutes, increase the heat and add half the cream. Allow it to bubble and reduce and mix with the garlic and nut mixture.
- Add the cooked pasta to the frying pan, and gently toss to combine, adding more cream if necessary for moisture. Heat through. Add the pumpkin and gently combine.
- Serve immediately with parsley and parmesan.