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Pumpkin Pasta with Pancetta

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Pumpkin Pasta with Pancetta


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Pumpkin Pasta with Pancetta



  • 2 cups peeled and diced cheese pumpkin or butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons Fustini's Gremolata olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 bunch broccoli, cut into florets, approx 1 cup.
  • 3/4 cup pancetta, cut into 1/2" pices
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup Fustini's Citrus Oregano balsamic
  • 1/2 cup water or stock
  • 8 oz small-medium cut pasta (campenelle, penne, orecchiette, farfalle)
  • 1 teaspoon Fustini's Parmesan Spice blend
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds


Great fall side dish or light evening meal. An excellent way to add fall and winter vegetables to your meals. Adapted from Anne Burrell


Step 1. 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Toss the pumpkin with olive oil and salt and pepper, and place in a single layer on a sheet tray. Bake in the oven until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and reserve.

Step 2. 

Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Drop the broccoli florets into the pot of boiling water for 2 minutes until blanched.  Remove it from the water and immediately plunge it into an ice bath. Reserve the boiling water. Remove the broccoli rabe from the ice water, squeeze out the excess water and reserve.

Step 3. 

Heat a large saute pan and add the pancetta and red pepper flakes. Bring the pan to medium heat and cook the pancetta until brown and crispy. Add the roasted pumpkin, balsamic and up to 1/2 cup of water or stock. Simmer until the water reduces by half, about 2 minutes.

Step 4. 

Meanwhile, add the orecchiette to the reserved boiling broccoli water and cook until al dente, about 1 minute less than the cooking time says on the box. Remove the pasta from the water and add to the pan with the pancetta and pumpkin. Add the Parmesan spice blend, broccoli and up to 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water for the desired consistency. Cook until the water has evaporated and the sauce clings to the pasta, about 1 minute. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the grated parmigiana. Toss vigorously.

Step 5. 

Divide the pasta among dishes, sprinkle with a little more grated parm and top with the roasted green pumpkin seeds.

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