May 9, 2012

Spinach Penne in creamy Pumpkin Sauce

This is yet another attempt at using pumpkin which needless to say goes to my ongoing event "Cooking For Kids"......

3-4 oz of cubed squash
8 oz dry penne
6 oz chopped spinach(I prefer the fresh)
1 small onion
3 garlic cloves
red pepper flakes as per taste
1 tsp maida
1/2 cup of milk
Pasta sauce(store bought) according to taste
Salt few pinches while cooking the vegetables

Cook the pasta according to the box instructions.  Drain and set aside.

Cut the onion into thin 1 inch slices.  Grind the pumpkin, 2 garlic cloves and red pepper flakes adding little water and some oil.  Take 2-3 tblsp of olive oil.  When it is slightly hot add the onion and the remaining garlic clove grated.  Once the onion becomes translucent, add the pumpkin puree and let this fry in the oil till the raw smell goes.  Combine the maida in the milk and add this to the pumpkin which is cooking.  Let this come to a boil and cook for a minute or two until it thickens.  Now add the chopped spinach, salt and cook until the spinach wilts.  Add the pasta sauce as well and let this all cook well and combine thoroughly.

Now add the cooked pasta and stir everything until it mixes well. 

"Cooking For Kids" event update...

I just noticed that the linky tool in  my event posting was missing.  This is because, I had a trial membership taken a month ago which had apparently expired.  If you want to send in any entries please drop off an email at with the following details....

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