Roasted pumpkin and red onion pasta
This dish is as good served at room temperature as it is served warm. It’s a combo of some of my most loved ingredients, all of them trusty favourites. It can certainly be a vegetarian main course, but also as a side dish as part of a bigger festive spread.
|500 g||pumpkin — peeled and cubed|
|3||large red onion — sliced into slim wedges|
|45 ml||olive oil|
|salt and black pepper — to taste|
|500 g||orzo pasta — or rosmarino or risoni|
|small bunch||fresh Italian parsley — finely chopped|
|small bunch||fresh mint — or basil, finely chopped|
|2-3 rounds||feta cheese — crumbled|
|fresh lemon juice — to taste|
|1/4 - 1/2 cup||flaked almonds — lightly toasted in a dry pan|
Preheat the oven to 220 °C. On a large baking sheet lined with baking paper, spread out the pumpkin and red onions, drizzle evenly with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 25 minutes until tender and golden brown.
In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta for 7 minutes, then drain. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the pasta and stir to coat, then transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl, adding the roasted pumpkin and onions. Add the parsley, mint, feta and a squeeze of lemon juice, then season all over with salt and pepper and stir gently to mix well. Top with the toasted almonds and serve warm or at room temperature.
Orzo pasta is shaped like flat rice discs. Their size and mouthfeel make them perfectly suited to room temperature salads.
Recipe extract from Simply Seasonal, Ilse van der Merwe’s latest cookbook. Photography by Tasha Seccombe.