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Tagliatelle With Pan-fried Pumpkin And Red Pepper Oil

Tagliatelle With Pan-fried Pumpkin And Red Pepper Oil

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Pasta, Vegetarian
Servings 4
Calories 112 kcal


  • 1 small red pepper, sliced
  • 6 large red chillies, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled but left whole
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 65 ml olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 400 g pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into 2-3-cm pieces
  • 400 g dried pappardelle, tagliatelle or any other ribbon pasta
  • Finely grated zest and juice of
  • 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 50g wild rocket leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • #The trick to this recipe is to take it slowly. Allow the red pepper and chillies to gently release their colour and flavour into the oil by roasting them in a low oven for a full hour.# Put the red pepper, chillies, onion, garlic, cumin seeds and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a roasting tin. Cook in the preheated oven for 1 hour, turning often. Transfer the contents of the roasting tin to a food processor while still hot. Add the remaining oil and whizz until smooth. Leave to cool, then pour the mixture into a clean and dry screwtop jar.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (350ºF) Gas 4.
  • Heat the light olive oil in a frying pan set over high heat and add the pumpkin. Cook for 10 minutes, turning often, until each piece is golden brown all over. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil.
  • Add the pasta and cook until al dente, or according to the instructions on the packet. Drain well and put in a large bowl. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the red pepper oil. Add the cooked pumpkin, lemon zest and juice, rocket and parsley and toss to combine. Season and serve immediately.
  • Note The remaining red pepper oil will keep for 1 week when stored in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. It can be added to tomato-based sauces for extra flavour.
    easy pasta recipe-Tagliatelle With Pan-fried Pumpkin And Red Pepper Oil
    easy pasta recipe-Tagliatelle With Pan-fried Pumpkin And Red Pepper Oil
Keyword Chilli, Pasta recipes, Vegetarian