Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater ....

Peter Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn't keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.

(English Nursery Rhyme)

I have been harvesting some of my pumpkins that I have been growing during summer. This variety is called Kent or Jap pumpkin. It is almost bright orange inside and has a wonderful nutty taste. I cook many recipes with pumpkin - one of which is listed below. You can use any kind of pumpkin.

Is it good for me?
Pumpkin is an excellent source of beta carotene. It also contains dietary fibre, potassium, and vitamins C and E.

Pumpkin Penne (Pasta)
Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients and Method:

½ tablespoon unsalted butter Melt over low heat in large heavy saucepan

400 grams fresh pumpkin, peeled & thinly sliced - 2 onions, peeled and thinly sliced - 1 clove garlic chopped - 1 teaspoon curry - Add and saute until lightly caramelised (about 20 minutes - stir often) . You might have to add a little bit of water.

Pepper and salt to taste - Add and stir

½ cup of fresh cream - Add and stir

250 grams Penne pasta - cooked al dente in salted boiling water

To bring it altogether:

60 grams grated Parmesan cheese and 60 grams Cheddar cheese - Drain pasta return to the pot and mix in gently pumpkin onion mixture and cheese and serve.

Guten Appetit!


  1. Marie-Louise, the pumpkins look so attractive.
    The recipe and the finished meal...yummy! I have made Risotto with Pumpkin or Sweet Potatoes but never pasta. Is this one of your own recipes? See you tomorrow. Mum.

  2. Great recipe..Have to try it!
    Very interesting combination of pasta and pumpkin.
    Thank you for your visit and comment;)
    - Cheers Gisela.

  3. Lucky you! Great pumpkin and beautiful hibiscus in the post below!!

  4. The pumpkin looks good. The pasta even better. Yummy! Oh I need to go get my dinner now... Blossom Blooms