Kale and Pumpkin Pasta
Gemelli is a pasta composed of two single noodle strands twisted together. Unsurprisingly, gemelli happens to mean “twins” in Italian. According to the Pasta and Sauce pairing guide, gemelli is a great baking pasta. Since it’s November and pumpkins are everywhere, I made baked gemelli with kale and pumpkin.
When I told Chef that I made pumpkin pasta, he squirmed because in all honesty, cooking is not my forte unless if there’s a recipe involved. He thought I cooked this dish (i.e. I made it up, which was why he was afraid) but this dish happens to be baked! For some odd reason, I tend to be successful when I bake sweet and/or savory things. Probably because baked things usually come with directions and recipes. In this case, I had some help from Martha.
For 8 servings (adapted from Martha Stewart):
- 1 lb. gemelli pasta, cooked and drained
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 8 oz. kale, thick stems removed, leaves chopped into 1” pieces
- 1 can (29 oz.) pumpkin purée
- 2 cans (14.5 oz. each) vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp. pesto
- 1/2 c. unblanched almonds, sliced
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Cook pasta, and drain; reserve. Preheat oven to 400F. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat.
Add kale; cook, stirring, until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth, and pesto (you can use a jarred one to save time); then add the pumpkin purée.
Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Toss pasta with pumpkin-kale mixture. Transfer to eight individual baking dishes. Top with almonds.
Bake until top is golden, which may take about 30 minutes.
Note: Chef liked this pasta. He thought you could taste the pumpkin but in reality, there is so much flavor that contrasts it that there isn’t a strong pumpkin flavor. This dish surprised us and it is pretty good.
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