The sweet nutty taste of the squash teamed with spicy chorizo makes this a pasta dish to remember
- half a large butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes
- 100g piece chorizo, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 400g cherry tomato
- large handful sage leaves, shredded
- 400g spaghetti
- grated Parmesan, to serve (optional)
MethodTip the squash and chorizo onto a roasting tray, season, then toss in the oil. Roast for 20 mins, adding the tomatoes and two-thirds of the sage for the final 5 mins cooking.
- 2 aubergines, sliced into 1cm rounds
- 6 tbsp olive oil, plus a drizzle for the prawns
- 140g raw prawn, deveined
- 140g cooking chorizo, cut into 1½ cm-2cm thick slices
- 400g can chickpea, drained and rinsed
- ½ red onion, finely sliced
- 100g baby spinach
- large handful parsley, chopped
- ½ garlic clove, crushed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- juice and zest 1 lemon
- ¼ tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp clear honey
- 2 small preserved lemons, flesh removed and rind thinly sliced
- Heat a griddle pan to medium. Brush the aubergine slices with oil, season and griddle on both sides until soft and lightly charred – you’ll need to do this in batches. Set aside and keep warm. (See below left for griddling tips.)
- While the aubergines are cooking, make the dressing. Mix the garlic with a good pinch of salt to form a paste. Gradually stir in the olive oil and lemon juice, followed by the zest, cumin, honey, preserved lemons and seasoning.
- Wipe out the griddle pan and toss the prawns with a little oil and seasoning. Griddle for 1-2 mins each side until cooked through, then transfer to a plate. Add the chorizo slices to the pan and cook for 3-4 mins each side, or until they start to release their oil and become crispy.
- In a large bowl, combine the chickpeas, onion, spinach and most of the parsley. Add the aubergines, prawns and chorizo, pour over the dressing and gently toss everything together. Pile onto a serving platter and scatter over the remaining parsley. Serve straight away.
- 800g/1lb 12oz pumpkin flesh, chopped into small cubes
- 1 tsp golden caster sugar
- 100g butter
- small bunch sage leaves, about 20, roughly chopped
- 350g dried spaghetti
- juice of 1 lemon
- 50g Parmesan, grated
- Tip the pumpkin into a medium-sized saucepan that has a tight-fitting lid. Sprinkle over the sugar and a generous pinch of salt, then drizzle over 6 tablespoons of water. Cover the pan, place on a medium heat and steam the pumpkin, stirring every so often for 10-15 minutes, or until it is soft but still holds its shape. You may need add a spoonful or two of water during the cooking the pan seems dry. Set aside.
- While the pumpkin is steaming, tip the butter and sage into a small saucepan and heat gently until the butter is foaming, then turn off the heat. Boil the spaghetti in a big pan of salted water for about 10 minutes until just cooked. When the spaghetti is cooked, scoop out a little of the cooking water, then drain and return the spaghetti to the pan.
- Put the sage butter over a high heat until sizzling, then pour in the lemon juice and let it splutter for a second. Tip the pumpkin, melted butter, 3-4 tbsp pasta water and half the parmesan in with the spaghetti and give it a really good stir. Season generously with salt and pepper and serve with the remaining parmesan to sprinkle over.
- 3 medium to large potatoes, very thinly sliced
- 4 wholemeal tortillas
- 6 tbsp half-fat crème fraîche
- ½ an onion, thinly sliced
- 8 thin slices chorizo from a pack, diced
- 25g mature cheddar, grated
- 3 tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 2 tsp balsamic dressing
- ½ a 50g bag rocket
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, then blanch the potato slices for 2 mins until almost cooked. Drain well, then tip onto kitchen paper to dry.
- Put the tortillas onto baking sheets. Season the crème fraîche, then spread over the tortillas. Top with the potato slices, onion and chorizo, then scatter over the grated cheese.
- Bake for 8 mins until crisp and golden. Meanwhile, mix the tomatoes with the dressing and ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper, then toss through the rocket. Pile a quarter of the salad in the middle of each tortilla and serve.