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.



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