Creamy Pumpkin and Speck Pasta

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I was browsing my pasta leftover session to prepare recipes for my a’yi cooking training class and I noticed that the last time I posted a recipe for pasta was 3 MONTHS AGO! Yes, you heard me right! I felt ashamed of myself. What kind of Italian am I??? Aren’t Italians supposed to be making pasta everyday and share tuns of recipes on the web? Why can’t I just stick to the stereotype and “bring high the flag” of Italian pasta making???

As a matter of fact, I do like eating pasta but I do not eat it as often as people might expect me to. I have pasta on an average of 2 times a month…I generally prefer higher fiber grains, meats, beans and lots of salads…

When I make pasta for myself, I try to create some new recipe, not the standard bolognese or carbonara sauce but something rather healthier, like the recipe I am sharing with you today. A delish creamy pumpkin with speck pasta.

Enjoy!

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 200 gr pumpkin, skin and seeds removed
  • 80 g speck
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 70 g Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 180 g pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Chop up the onion

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Dice up the pumpkin

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then cut the speck into small strips

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In a sauce pan heat up 1 tbsp of olive oil, and saute the speck until crispy

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Remove it and set aside. In the same pan, without cleaning it, add 1 tsp of oil and saute’ the onion until brown in color and soft. Add the diced pumpkin, salt and pepper. Stir around.

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Pour in the broth. Cover with a lid and let simmer for about 30 min, or until pumpkin is very tender

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Add the yogurt

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and with an immersion blender pure’ it

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Boil pasta according to package instructions. Drain it and dress it with the pumpkin sauce, speck and 2 tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately!

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Note: make this vegetarian by replacing the speck with some tofu.

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Love

- LittleDani

 

About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.

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