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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Pumpkin Patch Pasta

This pasta dish is accompanied by a savory medley of mixed vegetables with pumpkin highlighted in both the roasted veggies and the sauce.

8 oz cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta (2 1/2 cups uncooked)
1 sliced or diced onion
3 diced Italian tomatoes
1 diced bell pepper
8 medium mushrooms, quartered
1 medium carrot, sliced
1 cup pumpkin, cubed
black pepper to taste
2 tbsps + 2 tsps olive oil

1 cup pumpkin purée (see end of post for easy recipe)
1 cup reserved pasta water
1 cup tomato sauce
2 tbsps olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp ground sage
2 pinches of sugar
1 pinch of nutmeg
4 or 5 roasted garlic cloves, mashed (see end of post for easy recipe)

fresh chopped parsley
chia seeds

Combine the sauce ingredients (without the pasta water at this point) in a sauce pan. Heat on a very low simmer. Boil pumpkin cubes in a separate pot until just tender, then drain.

Toss the onion, tomato, bell pepper, mushrooms and carrots with 2 tbsps olive oil and spread on a lined baking sheet. Add black pepper to your taste and roast in a 450°F oven for 15 minutes. Toss the pre-cooked pumpkin with 2 tsps olive oil and add to the veggies. Return all to the oven for another 10 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the pasta as per package directions and reserve 1 cup pasta water. Add ladlefuls of the water to the sauce stirring until you reach a consistency you like. I did end up using nearly the whole cup. Once the water is incorporated, heat the sauce right through then continue simmering.

When the pasta is cooked, drain and toss with the sauce to coat.

Serve the pasta surrounded by the roasted vegetable medley and add fresh chopped parsley and chia seeds to garnish.

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