Pasta with Pesto and Pumpkin

OK, i hesitated in posting this because the food snob in me thinks it's not really a recipe LOL but then i decided if someone else could get some joy out of it (and it was REALLY yummy! we had guests for dinner and everyone went back for seconds and g had thirds) i would...

500g spiral pasta
1 red onion, finely diced
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
6 shortcut bacon pieces (or 2-3 rashers), diced into 1cm dice
pumpkin, diced into 1cm dice
small amount pine nuts, lightly toasted (i just toast in the microwave, doing 20-30 seconds at a time and stirring in between)
1 jar Barilla Pesto alla Genovese (you can buy this in any supermarket, it is my favourite by far)
white wine splash, optional (i wanted to use this but given i was cooking for friends and their children i wasn't sure how they'd feel about their kids having wine in their pasta! as it was the kids all ate the spag bol and rory was the only one to try this pasta)
  1. cook pasta according to packet directions
  2. fry onion, garlic and bacon over a medium heat for up to 5 minutes. add pumpkin and cook until just tender but not starting to fall apart. (if you were using wine you'd add it half way through the pumpkin cooking process)
  3. mix pumpkin mix, pine nuts and desired amount of pesto through the pasta, serve with parmesan cheese if desired

1 comment:

dixiebelle said...

This is my favourite brand of pesto in a jar too!! I love fresh pesto, but rarely have time to make it these days, so this one is always in my cupboard or fridge!