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How to make vegetarian Pumpkin Pasta from scratch. Recipe.
Vegetarian Pumpkin pasta recipe
Pumpkins and squashes are cheap and tasty. The pumpkin in this vegetarian friendly recipe is roasted in the oven to give this dish a wonderfully sweet caramel flavour. The ingredients given below will serve four people, this dish is quick and easy to make.
This recipe can also be made using the scrapped out pumpkin flesh from a Halloween Jack O lantern. Just reduce the roasting time for smaller pieces of squash.
I small butternut squash or I small pumpkin
500g dried pasta, bows work really well but you can use any pasta you have in the store cupboard
5 spring onions thinly sliced
Small handful of sun-dried tomatoes thinly sliced
Large bunch of rocket or basil leaves
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
Few drops of lemon juice
100g vegetarian cheese such as cheddar (optional)
Handful of toasted pine nuts
Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Peel the butternut squash or pumpkin and remove the seeds. Cut up the flesh into small cubes and toss in half of the olive oil. Spread the squash in a single layer in a large roasting dish, season well and cook for around thirty minutes or until the squash is tender when you stick a knife in it. Spread the pine nuts onto a dry baking sheet and toast them in the top part of the oven as the squash is cooking.
These should take about ten minutes to cook and are done when they start to turn a nice golden brown colour. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water until just tender, fry the spring onions in the remaining olive oil for around five minutes and then add the sliced sun-dried tomatoes, keep stirring over a medium heat for a further two or three minutes and then remove from the heat.
Drain the pasta and place it into a large serving bowl, toss in the lemon juice. Add the roasted squash, spring onions and tomatoes and the juices form the frying pan and mix all the ingredients together. Add the rocket or basil and the toasted pine nuts and toss together. This dish is vegan at this point but if you want to add some cheese then this is the time to crumble some over the top. Serve with thick slices of bread or garlic bread.
Pumpkins look as good as they taste.
Pumpkin pasta tastes just as good served hot or cold. It makes a great salad dish for parties too, as it can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to two days.
If you are using a pumpkin to make this recipe try using toasted pumpkin seeds instead of, or as well as, pine nuts. They taste even better if you sprinkle them with a little Turmeric or curry powder before you toast them. They will need to be cooked a little longer than the pine nuts, around fifteen minutes should do.
Pumpkins seeds not only taste good, they are good for you too. Pumpkin seeds are very rich in magnesium, they are a natural anti-inflammatory agent and can even help to lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol.