Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bacon and Pumpkin Pasta

Bacon and Pumpkin Pasta
(BBC GoodFood Magazine, September 2005)

3 Tbsp olive oil
5 oz bacon, cut into small pieces (or bits of ham)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp. butter
1 lb 2 oz pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and diced
handful fresh sage, finely shredded
14 0z pasta
1 oz freshly grated parmesan cheese

Heat a heavy-based saucepan, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and bacon, cook for a few minutes. Add remaining oil and onion. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion softens and the bacon is getting crispy. Stir in the butter, then tip in the pumpkin and sage. Mix well to combine, then season. Cover and cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occassionally until the pumpkin is soft, but not falling apart. Meanwhile, cook the pasta. Drain pasta and add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the parmesan and season.

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