Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pasta with chicken, roast pumpkin and spinach

So last night I tried to re create this pasta dish I had tried when we were on holiday. I looked on the net for a few ideas and took a few of them and added my own in. It was really delicious, it could of used a dash of something else maybe, not sure what, could of been that I used low fat cream and not full fat cream...

So first of all I got half a pumpkin (butternut would of been great, but I could only get a jap pumpkin) and cut it up into 1cm or so pieces. I cut half a red onion finely and 2 cloves of garlic. I put all this in a roasting pan with some olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. I roasted them for about 20 mins I think on 200 celcius.

Then I cut up 2 chicken breasts into about 1-2 cm pieces and the rest of the onion. I had some frozen spinach so I de thawed that in the microwave. (Meanwhile the water was on for the pasta). Then I cooked the chicken and onion til browned and then added the pumpkin and spinach. When the pasta was almost cooked I added about 300-400mls cream, 2 handfuls of continental (flat leaf parsely) some more salt and pepper and a handful of parmesan cheese.

To serve I used Fettucine, but I think they used liguine in the place I had it. I added some extra parsley and parmesan cheese on the top once it was in the bowls.

Tonight I am going to add some feta to the left overs and see what that is like. Pine nuts could be added too for extra texture.


  1. That looks heavenly. The recipe reminds me of Lean Cuisine (forzen dinner) that is one of the best meals I've ever had... butternut squash ravioli in a cream sauce with sugar snap peas and carrots. I may try that some night when Jimmy isn't around... I'm guessing he wouldn't touch it... although he might just eat around the squash. :D

  2. That other meal sounds nice too :) LOL he may be surprised at how nice the pumpkin (squash) actually tastes cook. The thought of NOT having it cooked savoury freaks me out :P

  3. Wow, that looks so yummy. I could almost taste it! What a nice presentation, too.