Pumpkin orecchiette pasta bake

Pumpkin Orecchiette Pasta Bake

By The Weekly  ,

October 22, 2019

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Dig into the golden cheese crust to find orecchiette, a type of pasta that originates from Italy and resembles the shape of a small ear.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings


1 kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, diced

1 onion, cut into 8 wedges

2 tbsps olive oil

8 thyme sprigs

375 g orecchiette pasta (you can also use penne or ribbon-shaped pasta)

½ bunch Swiss chard, stems removed

500 g jar tomato passata

200 g sourdough bread, roughly chopped

50 g feta


1Preheat oven to moderate, 180 C. On a lined oven tray, combine pumpkin, onion, oil and thyme. Toss well and season to taste. Roast 25 mins, until pumpkin is tender.

2Meanwhile, cook orecchiette following packet instructions. Drain.

3Place silverbeet in a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Stand 1 min, then drain and squeeze out excess liquid. Roughly shred.

4In a large 8-cup baking dish, combine paste, vegetable and passata. Toss to coat in sauce.

5Scatter bread and crumble feta over top. Bake 10-15 mins, until topping is golden.

Top Tip: Use any leftover roast vegetables in this bake. For a Mediterranean twist, add antipasto vegetables from the deli.

Photo: Rodney Macuja/Bauer