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Penne with Pumpkin Sauce

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Chef Matteo Carboni from the Academia Barilla Culinary School show us how to cook an easy pasta dish with a classic ingredient: pumpkin. For more Italian recipes, chef tips and gourmet news visit our Italian Food Lovers blog at
  Pumpkin 2 Ounce
  Bacon 25 Gram (1 rasher)
  Parmigiano reggiano cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (garnish)
  Parsley 1 Sprig
  Rosemary 1 Sprig
  Garlic clove 2 Medium
  Balsamic vinegar 1 Teaspoon (garnish)
  Extra virgin olive oil 2 Teaspoon
  Onion 1 Small
  Penne pasta 200 Gram
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (or to taste)
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon (or to taste)

1. Chop pumpkin, roughly to make a puree. Dice pumpkin and reserve to be used later.
2. Finely chop bacon. Mince herbs with garlic.
3. Keep a pot of water for boiling. Add any pasta of your choice and cook till al-dente.
4. Boil pumpkin with enough water and onions.
5. Once soft drain the water and blend the pumpkin and onions to make a fine puree. Use the boiling liquid to blend the vegetables.

6. In a pan heat extra virgin olive oil and brown the bacon.
7. Remove bacon from pan and keep aside.
8. Add reserved diced pumpkin to the pan and sauté for a minute.
9. Add bacon cook for a few minutes more.
10. Add pumpkin puree and few spoons of pasta cooking liquid to the pan, mix in the finely minced herbs along with garlic. Let the ingredients simmer for 5 minutes.
11. Drizzle olive oil, season the sauce with salt and freshly ground pepper and toss in the pasta

12. Garnish with cheese and few drops of balsamic vinegar.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
When pumpkin are in plenty, it can be used for making a delicious pasta sauce. Chef Matteo is making an Italian pasta sauce using pumpkin cubes and puree along with finely chopped bacon and parmesan cheese topping. This is an easy to make pasta sauce and the orange color of the dish looks beautiful.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 596 Calories from Fat 156

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 17 g26.6%

Saturated Fat 7.6 g37.9%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 30.9 mg10.3%

Sodium 1244.2 mg51.8%

Total Carbohydrates 82 g27.2%

Dietary Fiber 4.9 g19.5%

Sugars 7 g

Protein 24 g48.8%

Vitamin A 46.9% Vitamin C 14.3%

Calcium 36% Iron 12.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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