Pasta with Roast Pumpkin, Rosemary, Smoky Bacon and Spinach

I came across this recipe in my diary, it’s slightly embarrassingly called ‘The Foodies Diary’ maybe you have one too? The thing is, it’s great for listing seasonal produce, festivals and farmers markets and me being from the UK – everything’s back to front over here and good to know what’s in season – even if it seems a bit weird having raspberries and strawberries in December and Brussels sprouts in August!


I’ve been experimenting with pumpkin pasta dishes for a while but hadn’t come up with anything very good, until I tried this out. I’ve been working with Sandra, from ‘La Cucina di Sandra’ on some food styling/photography and she also has a fabulous pumpkin pasta dish (I’ll ask her first if it’s ok for me to publish her creation on here) but if you live in Melbourne, check out her website and Facebook. Sandra cooks authentic Italian dishes, like nothing I have tried before. If you’re interested in booking a class, all details are on her Facebook (link below). It’s a very intimate experience in her beautiful home, watching and learning as Sandra prepares the food and then tasting each course for yourself. Bring wine if you fancy and even design your own bespoke class. It’s a great present too, far more interesting than just a meal or drinks out in a restaurant (and better food!)


Anyway, here’s the recipe from my diary – it’s pretty simple and quick to make. Once you have roasted the pumpkin with the rosemary, it’s simply a case of frying onion and bacon and cooking the pasta!


Ingredients Serves 2-4 (just add more pasta depending on how many are dining)

  • ½ butternut pumpkin, diced into 2cm cubes
  • 2 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped finely
  • 4-6 good quality smoky bacon rashers or pancetta, diced
  • 3 tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 packet or 4 large handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped
  • Pasta of your choice, I like large, ribbed rigatoni for this dish. We like LOTS but you can weigh, recommended 100g per person for a main course



Heat oven to 180°C.

Mix the pumpkin with the rosemary and 2-3 tbsp olive oil. Season well and place in the oven for 30 minutes once it’s up to temperature and cook until golden.

Heat a large pan of salted water to boiling point and add your pasta, time it according to packet instructions or until al dente.

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium to high heat and add your onion. After a few minutes, add your diced bacon and cook until the onion is golden and the bacon has slightly browned.

Add your chicken stock to the onion and bacon and cook for a few minutes until it is starting to simmer.

Just before pasta is cooked, add your spinach to the onion mixture, turn off the heat, drain pasta and mix them both together.

Now add your pumpkin carefully, so it doesn’t break up too much and serve immediately.

You could add chopped, roasted walnuts, roasted pumpkin seeds or even a sprinkle of feta – but I love this just how it is! Easy to exclude the bacon, if you want to make it vegetarian too.



12 Comments Add yours

  1. This dish looks very comforting and lovely too!

    1. katiebonken says:

      What more could we ask for?! I probably eat way too much pasta, but if you are clever with what you cook it with – it can’t be that bad?? I hope you enjoy this if you make it.

  2. I used to have a diary similar to yours! They’re really good!! Also, this sounds delicious!

    1. katiebonken says:

      Agree totally… shame involved. It is a lovely recipe, I hope you do try it.

  3. La Cucina Di Sandra says:

    Hi Katie,

    Just catching up with the hundreds of emails I have!

    Thank you for the plug in your newsletter, of course it’ s ok for you to use my recipe as we discussed anything that puts the classes out there is a great help.

    See you tomorrow and thanks again.


    1. katiebonken says:

      Sandra, thanks for the recipe – I will make this again and add very soon as it is DELICIOUS! last time I kept the leftover pumpkin and herb mixture in the freezer, and it was amazing to come home to this feeling tired and hungry – all I had to do was cook the pasta and mix it with the mozzarella.

  4. I can’t believe I have never found your blog before! It is awesome, and makes me feel Very Humble that you have decided to follow mine! Long live Wondrous Food!

  5. I really don’t need any extra encouragement in the food area however all these recipes look great. Love the site layout too.

  6. CakePants says:

    This looks delicious, like a perfect cozy fall supper! Looking forward to trying it!

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