- pumpkin (approx 900g before peeling and de-seeding)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 tsp pink salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 2 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 400g tin chic peas, drained (but keep the brine ‘aquafaba’ as an egg replacer)
- 1 brown onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup hot chicken or vegetable stock (I used Massel)
- 1 tsbp nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp coconut cream (optional)
Peel, de-seed and cut up pumpkin into small pieces. Try to keep them roughly the same size.
Drizzle 1 tbsp of oil plus the salt, pepper and thyme over the pumpkin and toss well to coat. Place into a large baking dish and spread out evenly.
Place into a pre-heated hot oven and roast for about 45 minutes, tossing after about 25 minutes.
In a large pan, heat the remaining oil. Finely chop the onion and garlic and add to the oil, and cooking, stirring until translucent.
(In a Thermal cooker, blitz the onion and garlic on speed 5 for about 8 seconds, then add oil and cook on steam temp, speed 1 for about 3-4 minutes with the m/c off).
Place the pumpkin, chic peas, nutritional yeast, stock and onion mix to a processor and process until smooth.
(In a Thermal cooker, add the pumpkin, stock, nutritional yeast and chic peas to the onion mix, then process on speed 5 for about 20 seconds, scrape down and repeat until smooth, combined consistency is reached).
Add coconut cream if using and mix to combine (Speed 4, 10 seconds).
Stir through your favourite al dente cooked pasta.
I love to add a large handful of baby spinach and top with a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts or toasted sunflower seeds.
Yum – Enjoy 🙂