Pumpkin Pasta with Burrata & Balsamic Glaze

We usually only think about pumpkin in the Fall with our pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes, but pumpkin is getting the short end of the stick when compared to other winter squash. We can celebrate pumpkin all throughout winter and what better what to keep the party going than with pasta – and pumpkin shaped pasta at that! Why let butternut, acorn, and delicata squash have all the fun?

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil for your pasta.
  3. Roast the Pumpkin Seeds: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your pumpkin seeds on the baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Roast the seeds for 10-15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Make the Balsamic Glaze: While the pumpkin seeds roast, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil then reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool (it will continue to thicken as it cools).
  5. Prepare the Sauce: Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Sauté shallots until translucent then add the garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, and sage. Cook until fragrant (around 30 seconds). Next add the tomato paste and cook for another couple of minutes.
  6. Add the pumpkin puree, coconut milk, ½ tsp. of salt, and pepper to taste. Bring the heat down to medium low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. While your sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  8. Take the sauce off the heat and add the parmesan cheese gradually until incorporated.
  9. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce.
  10. Assemble your dish: Plate the pasta, drizzle with balsamic glaze, sprinkle roasted pumpkin seeds and some extra parmesan cheese and fresh sage, and top with burrata. Serve and enjoy!


Recipe Credit

Allison Breitenbach is a market researcher by day, and a home cook by night based in Southwest Ohio. She finds joy in creating aesthetically pleasing and delicious dishes from scratch or through existing recipes from around the food community. Her love of food and cooking led her to create the Instagram page @off.the.cuff.kitchen to house her dishes and interact with a community that share in her passion. Checkout her page for more!