This recipe marries the flavours of northern Italy with the pasta of the south to create a delicious vegetarian supper dish
- 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
MethodSprinkle 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.
- 175g butter, melted
- 140g clear honey
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 250g raw peeled pumpkin, or butternut squash, coarsely grated (about 500g/1lb 2oz before peeling and seeding)
- 100g light muscovado sugar
- 350g self-raising flour
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 tbsp demerara sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/ fan 160C. Butter and line the base and two long sides of a 1.5kg loaf tin with a strip of baking paper.
- Mix the butter, honey and egg and stir in the pumpkin or squash. Then mix in the sugar, flour and ginger.
- Pour into the prepared tin and sprinkle the top with the demerara sugar. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until risen and golden brown. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out and cool on a wire rack. Serve thickly sliced and buttered.
- 500g pumpkin, with skin on and seeds in
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, sliced
- ½ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, each cut into three pieces widthways
- 400g can whole peeled tomato, chopped
- 1-2 tsp sugar
- 2-3 tsp harissa
- 400g can chickpea, drained and rinsed
- 3 tbsp chopped coriander
- Peel the pumpkin, remove any seeds and fibrous bits and cut the flesh into bitesized pieces. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden. Stir in the ginger, cinnamon and the chicken pieces and cook for 3-5 minutes, turning to brown them slightly all over.
- Add the tomatoes, sugar and harissa, season and stir well. Add the chickpeas, pumpkin pieces and 4-5 tbsp water. Cover and cook for 20- 30 minutes or until the chicken and pumpkin are tender (the pumpkin releases its own water, but if it becomes too dry, add a drop more during the cooking to give you a juicy sauce). Stir in the chopped coriander before serving.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
- good pinch chilli powder
- 400g spaghetti, broken into short lengths
- handful basil leaves, plus a few extra
- 250g pack mozzarella, sliced
- 50g grated Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative)
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in large pan, add the garlic and fry for 1 min. Add the tomatoes, chilli and seasoning, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 mins.
- Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti, then drain. Mix the spaghetti with the tomato sauce and basil, then spoon half into a large ovenproof dish. Arrange half the mozzarella over the top and sprinkle with half the Parmesan. Repeat the layers, then bake for 15-20 mins until lightly browned on top. Scatter with extra basil and serve with a big green salad.