Fusilli with pumpkin sauce
90 min
4 people
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 big red onion
  • 1 medium pumpkin (approximately 400g)
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 kapia pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 prosciutto slices
  • 130g ricotta
  • 80g cheddar
  • 40g parmesan
  • 400g Monte Banato fusilli pasta

Step 1: Peel the pumpkin and cut it into cubes, then peel and cut the red onion into slices.

Step 2: Place the vegetables onto a tray with parchment paper, then add the whole kapia pepper and peeled garlic cloves.

Step 3: Sprinkle thyme leaves (2 sprigs) and some rosemary on top, then season with chili flakes, salt and pepper. Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil over the vegetables and seasonings.

Step 4: Bake the vegetables for approximately 40 minutes at 180°C. After 40 minutes, check to see if the pumpkin is cooked and leave it in the oven for a few more minutes, if needed.

Step 5: At last, add the prosciutto over the vegetables and let it cook for about 10 minutes in the oven, until it becomes crunchy.

Step 6: Before you start preparing the sauce, start boiling the water for the pasta. Cook 1 whole Monte Banato fusilli package for about 6 minutes. Before straining the pasta, save 1 glass of pasta water.

Step 7: Set aside the crispy prosciutto slices and add the cooked pumpkin, onion and garlic to a bowl. Peel the kapia pepper, clean its seeds, then add it to the bowl. Add the ricotta cheese and blend everything together until a thick paste is formed.

Step 8: Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan along with 1 thyme rig and the pumpkin paste. Pour the pasta water over the sauce and mix until everything is combined.

Step 9: For a thick consistency, add the shredded cheddar and parmesan cheese, then season with salt and pepper.

Step 10: Add the cooked Monte Banato fusilli to the pan, mix well and let everything cook together on low heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 11: Decorate the pasta servings with crunchy prosciutto pieces, shredded parmesan and a few thyme leaves.