Penne au potiron et aux noix

This dish gives an interesting twist to pumpkin that may be of interest as the holidays approach. Yes, I’m thinking Thanksgiving. The combination of pasta and pumpkin is popular in both France and Italy, and the walnuts add depth. This version also has a touch of Meg thanks to the spicing — not nutmeg, as my childhood friends delighted in calling me, but cumin which, combined with a spritz of lemon juice, adds a welcome zest.

Penne au potiron et aux noix / Penne with pumpkin and walnuts

Other squashes, like butternut, may be substituted for the pumpkin. In fact, in Italy, the word for pumpkin — zucca — covers a wide range of squashes. So you never know exactly what you’re getting when you order gnocchi with zucca, ravioli filled with zucca, etc. I chose pumpkin over butternut because I find it easier to handle — removing the peel from a butternut squash can be a bit of a bore. But butternut is sweeter, so you may prefer it.

This recipe came my way via a favorite French cookbook, which I’ll refrain from naming here because when I first made it the results were disappointing. That’s when I decided to to add a personal touch. I find that cumin and lemon juice can enliven many recipes. You will find that combination on this site in recipes from zucchini soup to Moroccan carrot salad to parsnip purée. In the case of the pasta, it added a definite zing.

So will I be serving this dish on Thanksgiving? I felt like innovating this year, but was overruled. It seems that Americans in Paris prefer to hew to a more traditional line-up of roast turkey and sweet potatoes. One year I did manage to sneak in a French dish — a melt-in-your mouth pumpkin gratin created by the three-star chef Georges Blanc. As for dessert, a French apple tart can sit proudly beside pumpkin pie.

Getting back to the pasta with pumpkin and walnuts, it’s a vegetarian dish that can easily become vegan by substituting chopped fresh herbs for the parmesan. Served with a hearty red as a main course or a starter, it’s a fine dish for any occasion.

Happy cooking.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

SHEIN FREE GIFT CARD CODES Pokemon go pokemon coins generator Pokemon go coins 2022 Pokemon go unlimited coins generator Free pokemon go coins 2022 generator Pokemon go unlimited coins coin master free spins coin master spin coin master free free spins coin master coin master free spin link snapchat score generator free snap score increase generator snapchat score generator snapchat score generator 2022 snapchat score hack generator xbox gift card free redeeming xbox gift card redeeming xbox code xbox gift card codes xbox gift card bingo blitz free credits bingo blitz freebies bingo blitz credits bingo blitz free credits 2022 bingo blitz 00 free credits Stumble Guys Free Gems Generator stumble guys unlimited gems hack free gems stumble guys stumble guys mod apk unlimited money and gems stumble guys gems SOURCES SOURCES