Ham and pumpkin pasta flavored with rosemary

Ham and pumpkin pasta flavored with rosemary

By 23/11/2015

Over the weekend I was pondering about what this blog means to me.

It all started out as a hobby a few years ago and it still is, but these days it has turned into a proper addiction!

As soon as I drop the children at school in the morning I head straight to the kitchen to create a new recipe and then I log on to the internet. As I cook I go back and forwards to check the blog, cooking and taking photos at the same time and before you know it it is already school pick up time! Photography is something I have taken an interest too and I am enrolling on a course in January. I am hoping this will help to improve my photography.

Blogging can take over your life as there is so much to learn, it is never ending really: from cooking to photography, food styling and social media you never stop learning and that's why I believe it can be so addictive. You also meet new people like yourself and that's a great side of having a blog.

The downside is that you end up spending hours in the kitchen with greasy hands, doing lots of washing up and that can be exhausting. Sometimes it can be quite isolating too but then you make up for it when you get invited to fun foodie events.

So blogging will still be on the agenda for quite some time for me!

I made this pasta dish today for lunch. A creamy pumpkin and Parma ham pasta flavored with rosemary. It really is a delicious dish, the rosemary gives a fantastic aroma to the pumpkin which is almost addictive. If you prefer you can use bacon, smoked ham or speck instead of Parma ham.

  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 30 minutes



Bring some salty water to the boil for the pasta.

Cut the pumpkin into cubes and set aside. Fry the crushed garlic cloves for a minute with 2 tbsp of olive oil, remove the garlic and add the pumpkin.

chopped pumpkin, garlic and rosemary

Chop finely the rosemary and add it to the pan with a pinch of salt and a grind of pepper. You don't need to add too much salt as the ham usually is quite salty anyway. Cook until soft adding a few tbsp of hot water from time to time to cook the pumpkin. Add a dash of white wine and let it evaporate.

cooking pumpkin with rosemary

When the pumpkin is cooked, whiz half of it and reduce it into a puree then set aside. Chop the ham and add it to the rest of the cooked pumpkin cubes. Cook for a couple of minutes.Β 

Whilst I was waiting for the pumpkin to cook I opened this gorgeous bottle of red Chianti. I saw it in a shop and could not resist it. It reminds me of the bottles my grandad used to store in his cellar!

A bottle of Chianti wine

Add the pumpkin cream to the pan and mix well. If the sauce becomes too dry, add another couple of tbsp of hot water.

Cook the pasta al dente, drain and add it to the pan with the sauce and 2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese.

Ham and Pumpkin Pasta

Stir for a minute over high heat and serve with some extra Parmesan cheese on top.

Ham and Pumpkin Pasta

More pumpkin recipes? Check out my pumpkin and arugola risotto or "Zuf" a hearty pumpkin porridge typical of Friuli.

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15 Responses to Ham and pumpkin pasta flavored with rosemary

  1. La cucina di Molly

    Ti capisco mia cara Alida, anch’io ho aperto il blog per hobby, ma poi piano piano ti piace sempre di piΓΉ e ti senti coinvolta! Ho avuto il modo anche di incontrare alcune blogger, delle belle persone che condividono la mia stessa passione, la cucina! Sono felice che tu possa intraprendere un corso di fotografia, in effetti la foto Γ¨ molto importante per la presentazione del piatto! Deliziosa la tua pasta con la zucca, bravissima come sempre! Un abbraccio

    • Alida

      Grazie Molly, tra blogger ci si capisce e poi e’ cosi bello condividere le stesse passioni!

  2. mae

    You are a kindred spirit — I like savory pumpkin dishes like this one, but don’t much like the sweet variety. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

    mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    • Alida

      Thanks Mae!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Just got a chance to visit your blog…yummy in the tummy! What a beautiful and flavorful dish this is. I love the color, such a deep pumpkin colors, wonderful for this time of year. This recipe is not hard and I love the idea of using the Parm ham. Delish and very healthy for you.. Love that pumpkin! You take wonderful photos of your dishes and around the different landscapes. But it is so impressive that you are planning on taking a class in photography in January. Good for you..I always love to learn new things.. Thanks for sharing this tasty and delightful pasta with pumpkin and can’t for get the rosemary. Have a wonderful day…Be safe and enjoy! Ciao friend..
    Dottie x πŸ™‚

  4. speedy70

    Lo sai che adoro la zucca, vero????? Gustosissima questa pasta, molto invitante!!!!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara!

    • Alida

      Thanks Angie!

  5. Elisabetta

    Alida I’m so relieved to hear that you are happy to continue with this blog. I fully appreciate the hard work this entails when added to the duties of family life. You make so many people so very happy, please don’t stop! Good luck in your photography course, although I think your photos are so professional already! Great recipe again, I love prosciutto di parma. x

    • Alida

      Grazie cara Elibetta, always so kind! πŸ™‚

  6. Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness

    This dish looks wonderful. I love the combination of flavors. I know what you mean about blogging taking over your life. I feel the same way. You have a very nice blog.

    • Alida

      Thank you Dawn!

  7. carla

    Dear Alida, I very much like your way of combining traditional recipes with new ideas, putting together fresh ingredients to create wonderful, appetizing and delicious food. Living in Italy and having an organic farm, after reading your newest recipe, I just go out into the vegetable garden to pick my fresh vegies and herbs or go into the pantry to take some of my conserves and follow your instructions. Your are Great!!! Please continue!

    • Alida

      Many thanks Carla. How nice to be able to pick up your own fresh veggies! I can only imagine the taste of your delicious meals πŸ™‚

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