Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Spicy Pumpkin Pasta w/ Pancetta & Parmesan

My boyfriend absolutely loves everything Pumpkin flavored, so I figured I'd treat him to a little quick & easy dinner...

Plus it gave me the chance to test out Trader Joe's Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta, which always looks super delicious every time I pass it.

I even finished it off with my Arugula salad & balsamic honey mustard vinaigrette which I totally ODed on in college after eating it for about a month straight.  I'm just starting to get back into that dressing, which is totally inspiring me to try out a few other dressing recipes I've been sitting on for a while. 

Spicy Pumpkin Pasta
  • 1 package Lemon Pepper Pappardelle Pasta (or anything you'd like to substitute)
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 oz diced Pancetta
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al-dente.  Adding a little bit of lemon juice to your boiling water will help it from clumping.  Drain pasta, drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to prevent sticking & set aside.
2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add diced onion, pancetta & garlic.  Cook until Pancetta is browned & slightly crispy.
3. Slowly add in the Pumpkin Puree, Parmesan & red-pepper flakes.  Salt & Pepper to taste.
4. Finally add in the whole milk to give the sauce a slightly creamy touch.  If it's too thick add a little water.
5. Pour the sauce over the pasta & toss.  Garnish with leftover Parmesan & enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I love pasta! I have no idea when I ate pasta for the first time. My dad told me that I love pasta since I was a baby. He says, in the age of one and two I used to eat pasta a lot. Usually I don’t used to eat most foods because I was allergic. But when I see pasta, I forget all the health issues and go on with it. Even in this age, I don’t like to share my pasta with anyone else. My mom adds carrot to pasta which I love. It is so delicious and I would finish it in 5 minutes. I was born in Peru, but the pasta love made me think that I wished I was an Italian. The most variety of pasta can be only seen in Italy I know. Pasta is one of the favorite foods all around the world. 18 nations have agreed in a survey that they like to eat pasta most. Normally it is considered as an Italian food. But pasta has become famous in every country due to its special flavored taste. The biggest reason why pasta has become popular is the easiness to prepare it. It doesn’t take much time and huge number of ingredients is not needed. Even instant packets are available by which pasta can be cooked in super easy way. It gives special refreshment when you are tired. We just have to cook the pasta and make a sauce. Other ingredients like veggies, egg, or chicken is added as we need. Pasta can be used to prepare different kinds of food. If you want light food or heavy one, pasta can be prepared according to your taste. It fills our stomach. The other benefit of pasta is you can store it for 2 or 3 days. We can keep it for a longer time.

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