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Healthy Pumpkin Pasta

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The sweet, fibrous flesh of autumn pumpkins just begs to be roasted. Nutritious and versatile, pumpkins are the perfect anchor for a hearty pasta dish with anchovies and toasted walnuts.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: Raymond Hom

Source: Whole Living, October 2010

Ingredients

  • 1/2 small sugar pumpkin
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 pound whole-grain pasta
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 minced anchovies (optional)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Peel pumpkin and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 4 cups). Toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the honey. Roast on a baking sheet until tender, about 45 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, bring a pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions.

  3. While pasta is cooking, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, and anchovies (optional) in a skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add walnuts and pumpkin. Toss to combine and heat through. Set aside.

  4. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Toss pasta with 1/2 cup cooking water and stir in parsley and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Transfer to a bowl, and toss well with walnut and pumpkin mixture. Serve immediately.

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