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Roast pumpkin pesto pasta
Posted 12 August 2020
Masterchef finalist Callum Hann and accredited dietitian Themis Chryssidis share the recipe for a quick and delicious pasta dish packed with healthy greens.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ butternut pumpkin, cut into 1cm dice
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 2 spring onions, thinly sliced
- Pinch of salt
- 250 dried fettucine
- 2 cups baby spinach
For the pesto:
- ½ cup pine nuts
- 1 bunch of basil, leaves picked
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- 50g parmesan, finely grated
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ¼ cup olive oil
- pinch of salt
- To make the pesto, heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Toast pine nuts for 1-2 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer half to a small food processor. Add basil leaves (reserve some for garnish), garlic and lemon juice and then blitz until finely ground. Stir through olive oil and half the parmesan. Set aside.
- Return pan to medium heat and add one tablespoon olive oil. Cook pumpkin, stirring occasionally, for 5-6 minutes or until golden and tender. Add garlic and spring onions and cook for a further minute or until fragrant. Season with a pinch of salt.
- Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Cook fettucine according to packet directions. Reserve ½ cup of cooking liquid, before draining.
- Toss fettucine, baby spinach and pesto in the pan with the pumpkin. Add reserved cooking water if necessary, to achieve the perfect sauce consistency.
- Divide pasta between serving bowls. Finish with remaining pine nuts, parmesan and reserved basil leaves.
Cooking Tip: The water left in your pot after cooking pasta is full of starch, making it liquid gold! Remember to always save some before draining, to create a silky, smooth sauce that perfectly coats your favourite pasta.
Nutrition Tip: Pumpkin gets its bright orange colour from the pigment beta-carotene. This powerful antioxidant is converted to vitamin A in the body and is important for good eye health.
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Recipe thanks to Sprout Health Studio.
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