Who thought that grilled pumpkin can be so good with pasta?
With looking through my cooking books i came across this recipe and as i still had 1 butternut pumpkin laying around, i decided to make this dish.
I’m used to make my own pasta, so this time it was no difference, i replaced the cutter roller with a Linguine shaped one. It’s that easy.
HERE you can see what pasta machine i use.
This recipe comes from "Libelle lekker" which is a monthly magazine in Belgium. I adjusted the recipe a bit though according to what i had laying around.
The fact that there is estragon inside, makes this a very different taste. I really LOVE Estragon, especially in Scampi picante which you can find HERE.
200 gr of Linguine
300 gr butternut pumpkin
Good olive oil
Pepper and Salt
FOR THE PESTO
1 handful of fresh parsley
1/2 handful of fresh estragon
1 garlic clove
1/3 lemon (juiced)
25 gr of pine nuts
25 gr of Parmigiano reggiano
50ml of good olive oil
Pepper and salt
1. If you make your own pasta, start making it. The dough has to rest for about 20 minutes, before you can roll it through the machine. So, make a time schedule. Otherwise just use dried pasta and you don’t need to prepare anything :)
2. Heat up the oven at 180°c, cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Cut half of the pumpkin in small cubes of about 2 cm (with skin >>if you prefer without, you can).
Cut the onion in about 8 pieces and stir together with the pumpkin in a large baking pan (ready for the oven). Add some olive oil to it and gently stir, so everything is covered. Add some pepper and salt and put in the oven for about 25 minutes.
3. Now make the pesto : I use my Magimix Mini Bowl for that. it’s the perfect size for pesto.
Start with adding the parsley and dragon, then add the sliced or a bit chopped garlic, lemon juice, pine nuts, parmesan cheese (no big pieces), olive oil + pepper and salt.
Set your Magimix blender at speed 2 to start and go up to level 4, which is maximum.
Let it blend for about 30 seconds. It should be smooth now.
4. Cook your pasta in 2 liter of boiling salted water (for 200 gr of pasta) The more pasta, the more water you need. When ready, drain and put back in the pot. Add the pesto and stir gently, so everything is covered. Then add the grilled pumpkin and onion. Stir gently again...not too long.
As the pumpkin is soft now.
5. You are ready to serve! divide over some nice plates and decorate with some estragon and parmesan on top. MMMmmmmmmm......