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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 http://www.italian-food-lovers.com
Ingredients
  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)
Directions

GETTING READY
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.

MAKING
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

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

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Saute
Ingredient: 
Pumpkin
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
30 Minutes
Servings: 
2
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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