Posts tagged ‘autumn’

October 23, 2010

Pumpkin and Spinach Pasta

yea. this is me putting off studying for pharmacology.


  • 1/4 small kabocha squash (japanese pumpkin)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • ~1 tsp cinnamon
  • ~1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 handful of baby spinach
  • 1 serving spinach linguini
  • 1 tbs goat cheese
  • salt, pepper
  • fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup of milk or cream


  • preheat oven 400F
  • cut squash in half, scoop out seeds (roast these in the toaster oven with some cinnamon, salt, pepper, and nutmeg! mmmm…makes the house smell reeeally good). halve again lengthwise, then once more to form 8 wedges. then halve the wedges width-wise (?) into triangles. i used 8 wedges for this recipe and found it more than enough for a one person serving.
  • bake squash in oven for 20-30 min.
  • mince and saute shallots in butter. season with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper. remove from heat and set aside.
  • in a small pot, boil water, cook linguini.
  • while linguini cooks, remove squash from oven (a fork should pierce wedges easily, but not sink into a mushy mass.) cut flesh off of skins (i used a paring knife), cut into cubes, and add to blender. add a dash of milk/cream, sautéed shallots, a couple leaves of fresh sage, and pulse until blended smooth. add more cream if you prefer a thinner consistency sauce. salt to taste. (but not too salty because goat cheese will add another layer of saltiness.)
  • reboil hot pasta water (yea i’m lazy) and cook a handful of spinach. remove when just wilting and plate on top of pasta.
  • spoon pumpkin puree over spinach.
  • add a tbs of goat cheese on top of puree (you can use any other type of cheese. mascarpone blended into the puree. grated hard cheese. be creative. i just always happen to have goat cheese in my fridge).
  • sprinkle on some toasted pine nuts and/or toasted pumpkin seeds.
  • i had a couple of extra wedges of roasted pumpkin so i added that to the plate too. you can also dump them into the blender with the rest of the pureed pumpkin, pulse a couple times, and have some nice chunks in the sauce.

now back to my drug list…