Pumpkin Pasta with Brown Butter Sauce

Don't know anything about this, got it in an email that was trying to sell some kind of pasta slicer called a "chitarra".  The recipe references the "chitarra" but I'm sure you could use an ordinary pasta machine.  I thought the recipe was interesting.


Pumpkin Pasta

1 1/2 cups   all purpose flour

2 cups   semolina flour

1/2 teaspoon   salt

1/2 teaspoon   nutmeg, fresh ground

1/2 teaspoon   allspice, freshly ground

1/2 cup   pumpkin puree

1 tablespoon   olive oil

3   eggs

Salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, garnish

Brown Butter Sage Sauce

4 tablespoons   unsalted butter

4 cloves   garlic, peeled and thinly sliced

20   whole sage leaves

1/2 cup   pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped


Combine the all-purpose flour, semolina flour, spices and salt in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse to combine. Add the pumpkin, oil and eggs. Process in rapid pulses just until a coarse mixture forms. Turn dough onto a board dusted with semolina flour. Knead until the dough is a smooth ball. Wrap well in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil.

Separate dough into 2-inch balls. Roll the first ball into a 9 inch x 18 inch rectangle. Dough should be just less than 1/8-inch thick. Place the rectangle on the wire surface of the chitarra. Run a rolling pin over the surface of the pasta, pressing down to cut the pasta. The pasta will fall to the ramp below. Gather the cut pasta and loosely place it in a pile, cover with a cloth to prevent it from drying out.

Repeat with the remaining balls of dough. Cook the pasta in the boiling water for 5 to 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and toss with the Brown Butter Sage Sauce.

Season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with chopped pecans and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Serves 6

Brown Butter Sage Sauce

In a hot sauté pan, cook the butter until it is brown, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sage. Stir to combine (do not brown) and remove from heat.