Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fettucine Salad with Roasted Pumpkin &Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto

This is a simple Pasta/noodle salad that I tried.I had roasted pumpkin with me and wanted to do a noodle/pasta soup.Obviosuly for NCR:Noodles.After racking my brains (and also my friend cum neighbour's) settled for a simple pesto dressing for pasta/noodles which I made with pumpkin seeds. There is not much of a recipe just few ingredients thrown together and everything was done under 40 minutes - okay roasting took most of the time -else under 15 minutes.

Fettucine/ Choice of  Noodles :for 2 persons atleast

Pumpkin: 1 cup peeled, pith,fibre & seeds removed and cubed
Salt& Pepper : to taste

Pesto dressing:
Cilantro: a small bunch
Pumpkin seeds: handful Toasted
Garlic: 1-2 cloves
Parmesan Chese
Olive oil
White Vinegar: 1-2 tsp or as per taste

Pumpkin Seeds: toasted for garnish
Cook the noodles as per instructions.

Place the pumpkin cubes in a lind baking sheet, adding salt and pepper and drizzling with olive oil/spray. You can optionally spice it up with choice of spices suitable to the dish.Place the sheet in a preheated oven at 400F for   25-30 minutes or until they brown and turn crisp.

Blend the ingredients of dressing together to obtain a pesto.

Toss together the noodles,pumpkin cubes and pesto together to get a flavourful refreshing salad.Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.

The salad was hearty and though I thought pumpkin may stick out as a sore thumb,it was good and mingled well. Atleast thats what I felt.Next time I may marinate the pumpkin pieces in pesto and roast.Also zucchini goes well in the salad instead/inaddition to pumpkin and makes it more colourful.It was a hearty meal for me and the salad goes straight to NCR:Noodles as well,this time at Tinned Tomatoes.



Nithya said...

Oh this is yumm yumm :)

Priya Suresh said...

Pesto with pumpkin seed sounds very interesting, beautiful salad!

Rachel said...

A heartful meal.

Bergamot said...

simple and delicious

chef and her kitchen said...

Never made pumpkin this way...sounds interesting...n looks really yummy..

Joie de vivre said...

This looks wonderful and hearty!

Jeanette said...

Never thought of pumpkin seeds in pesto. What a great idea, to go along with the pumpkin in your pasta salad.

Cham said...

Great way to use pumpkin seeds for pesto!

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