Penne con la zucca / Pasta with Pumpkin

Penne con la zucca / Pasta with Pumpkin

IHCCFall is the right time for rustic, peasant food which just so happens to be the current theme at IHCC. This pasta with pumpkin recipe fits the bill perfectly.

Penne con la zucca / Pasta with Pumpkin

Adapted from Die Toskana in meiner K├╝che / Twelve by Tessa Kiros

Serves 6


3 Tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
about 80 g salsiccia or pork sausage, alternatively unsmoked pancetta or bacon, minced
300 g pumpkin, peeled, trimmed, thinly sliced and cut into 1/2-inch pieces *
400 g strained tomatoes
1/2 dried chile, crushed and seeds removed
750 ml water
500 g penne or other short pasta
120 g freshly grated parmesan

*Used a hokkaido pumpkin.


Heat the olive oil in a skillet and fry the onion until translucent. Add the bacon and fry until slightly browned. Add the pumpkin, tomatoes, chile and salt and pepper to taste. Add the water and simmer for 30-40 minutes. The pumpkin should beginn to fall apart (mine didn't) and the sauce should stay liquidy enough to cover the pasta. Add some water if the sauce becomes too thick. Cook the pasta until al dente and toss with the sauce. Transfer to individual plates, sprinkle with parmesan and serve.


Elle said...

What a great way to use pumpkin. Just bought a few to cook and bake with, so thanks for a great recipe!

girlichef said...

I really like the sound of this...and I think pumpkin and tomato combine to make such a rich, satisfying sauce. Delicious.

MM said...

Looks simple and delicious.

Jeanne said...

Perfect for peasants and for fall! I guess you can pretty much add pumpkin to everything. I've never thought to use it in pasta sauce before!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Excellent choice. I made this dish this weekend for next week and really enjoyed it. Great minds... ;-)

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I never would have thought to put pumpkin in pasta. What a great idea!

Kayte said...

Looks really delicious and I love the extra nutrition that pumpkin gives it...all good! Nice choice.