Squash and smoked ham pasta

There is nothing better, in culinary terms, than to cook according to the seasons. A highlight of the autumn season is undoubtedly the pumpkin or squash, a brightly coloured vegetable with a particularly delicate flavour, which lends itself well to the preparation of different types of recipes, ranging from starters to desserts. Today's recipe is, in some ways, a classic: penne pasta with speck ham and squash. It includes a ‘sauce’ of cream and parmesan, which ties the sauce in with the pasta in a particularly enticing way to delight the whole family. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think!


10 minutes Total time
15 minutes Active time
Serves 4 persons
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Chop the onion and brown it in a frying pan with 2 tablespoons oil. Add the cubed squash flesh, then add the smoked ham (speck). Adjust the salt. Cook the pasta, drain it ‘al dente’, add the sauce and toss for a few moments. Add the fresh cream and Parmesan to the pasta mixture and combine well. Finish with some fresh parsley and serve immediately.

If you are not making this recipe for children you could add some more character with a hint of chilli.
The name ‘zucca’ (meaning squash or pumpkin in Italian) comes from the Latin ‘cocutia’ which then evolved into ‘cucuzza’, and then to ‘zucca’, i.e. ‘head’.

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