- 3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 140g pancetta or bacon, cut into cubes
Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 25g butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 500g/1lb 2oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…
- 20g pack fresh sage, finely shredded
Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…
- 400g pasta (we used penne)
Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…
- 25g freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra to serve
Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…
Heat a heavy-based saucepan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and pancetta or bacon, then cook for a few mins. Add remaining oil and the onion. Cook for 5 mins, until the onion softens and the pancetta is crispy.
Stir in the butter, then tip in the pumpkin or squash and sage. Mix well to combine, then season. Cover and cook for 6-8 mins, stirring occasionally until the pumpkin is soft, but not falling apart.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Drain and add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the parmesan and season. Serve in pasta bowls sprinkled with extra parmesan.
Making it vegetarian or greener
Fry halved mushrooms with the onion instead of pancetta. Or add a couple of handfuls of baby spinach before adding the parmesan.