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Pesto spaghetti with roast pumpkin

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Active time 20 minutes
  • Total time 50 minutes
  • Servings 4 portions
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 50 g extra virgin olive oil
  • 400-450 g pumpkin, cut into pieces (2-3 cm)
  • 50 g Parmesan cheese
  • 40 g fresh basil leaves
  • 100 g fresh baby spinach
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1500 g water
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes (approx. 1 punnet), cut into halves
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 220 g dried spaghetti (wholemeal or spelt)
  • rocket (approx. 60 g), to serve
  • 1-2 tbsp walnuts (approx. 40 g), roughly broken


    1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray (30 x 40 cm) with baking paper and set aside.
    2. Place 4 cloves of the garlic into mixing bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
    3. Add 30 g of the oil and pumpkin and combine 5 sec//speed 1.5. Place on prepared baking tray, place into oven and roast 20 minutes (180°C). Meanwhile continue with recipe.
    4. Without cleaning mixing bowl. Place Parmesan cheese and remaining garlic and grate 5 sec/speed 7. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula.
    5. Add basil, spinach, lemon juice and remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper and blend 5 sec/speed 7. Repeat blending if needed 5 sec/speed 7, until a chunky pesto is achieved. Pour into a large bowl and set aside. Rinse mixing bowl.
    6. Place water into mixing bowl and heat 10 min/120°C/speed 1 (TM31: 10 min/Varoma/speed 1). Meanwhile prepare asparagus and cherry tomatoes.
    7. Add pasta through hole in mixing bowl lid and cook 9-10 min/100°C//speed , without measuring cup. Meanwhile add asparagus and tomatoes to baking tray with pumpkin and roast 5-8 minutes (180°C) or until tomatoes have softened.
    8. Using simmering basket, drain pasta and place in bowl with pesto, then toss to combine. Divide the pasta between 4 serving bowls and top with roasted vegetables, rocket and walnuts. Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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