Saturday, December 16, 2017

This Halloween, as with every Halloween, pumpkins will fly off the shelves, but precious few of them will actually be eaten, with the bulbous orange vegetables instead being used to make jack o’lanterns.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with making jack o’lanterns, but we urge you to consider buying not one, but two, pumpkins this Halloween, and using one of them to make this pumpkin pasta recipe created by Karen Burns-Booth of Great British Chefs for Barilla Pasta.

The mighty pumpkin naturally takes pride of place, but for extra flavour and excitement, there’s kale, feta and almonds thrown into the mix, while wholewheat pasta provides a fibre-rich base to the dish. In fact, considering that pumpkin and kale are also both solid sources of fibre, this dishes offers one hell of a fibre-hit, which is great to see, because we are BIG fans of fibre here at Coach.

RECOMMENDED: High-Fibre Foods

Pumpkin And Whole Wheat Pasta Salad With Kale, Feta And Almonds Recipe

Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients (Serves 4)

1 pumpkin, roughly 750g
2 tbsp of olive oil
250g of kale
1 large red onion, sliced into petals
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
250g of whole wheat fusilli
100g of flaked almonds
100g of feta
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
  2. Peel, deseed and roughly chop the pumpkin into 2.5cm cubes. Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper with the onion petals and roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes until soft and slightly caramelised.
  3. Tear the kale into smaller pieces, removing any tough stalks, and add to the roasting tray after 20 minutes.
  4. Cook the fusilli in salted boiling water until al dente.
  5. Toast the flaked almonds in a hot, dry frying pan until golden brown.
  6. Once all the elements are cooked, mix the pasta with the roasted vegetables.
  7. Scatter the toasted almonds and crumble feta cheese over the top. Serve with green salad and crusty bread.