Lazy Meals

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin and Prosciutto

roasted pumpkin

One of the things I loved at Polpo in Soho was the Roasted Pumpkin dish.  So much so, that I decided to try and make it at home.

I hesitate to call this a recipe because it was so easy, so just pretend I laboured for hours over it.

You’ll need:

  • 1 small pumpkin
  • Vegetable oil
  • Brown sugar
  • Kosher sea salt
  • Ground pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 small shallot
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • A hard mature cheese (I used Manchego, which was a bit too mild. I think it would have been better with Parmesan or Pecorino)
  • A few slices of prosciutto
  • Some greens

Assembly is super easy.

First, peel and gut the pumpkin and cut into small wedges about a 1/2 inch thick. Place in a greased roasting pan with sliced shallot and diced garlic and toss everything in a mixture (to taste) of salt, pepper, sugar and cinnamon.

Roast at 250C for about 10 minutes, turn over sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar over and roast at 175C for about 20 minutes. Repeat that process, and roast for an additional 10 minutes.  While it shouldn’t be mushy, you should be able to cut through the pumpkin easily when it’s done.

Plate the pumpkin first and top with about 3 or 4 slices of room-temperature prosciutto. Top with greens and shaves of your preferred cheese.  A bit of cracked pepper on top, and you’re all set.

It’s seriously good eats, I have a lot of leftovers and I think the whole thing cost me about £6.

Gustosecco Pumpkin Risotto

Since my trip to Ooze last week, I’ve been on a mission to find good risotto that’s both cheap and tasty. It only took me one try.

I give you: Gustosecco Pumpkin Risotto

Gustosecco Risotto

I bought this risotto at Kennards after attending an event for the blog Domestic Sluttery. At £3.95 for the bag, I figured it was a pretty safe test.  It’s your standard ready meal rice dish. Bag + water = dinner. But I always find a way to spice it up.

Gustosecco Risotto

By adding a little bit of butter, a healthy squirt of sriracha, sea salt, prawns and a bit of goat cheese, this little dish was the best meal I’ve had in ages.

I spent my 4th of July watching An American in Paris, ooohing and ahhing in between bites. I paired it with a Chardonnay Semillon blend, and it was heaven.  Can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Gustosecco Risotto

Gustosecco is a Dorset-based operation specialising in other dried foods including couscous, pilafs and rice puddings.  Obviously you can buy their products at Kennards, but if you don’t make it out near Holborn, they sell their risottos online at the Bay Tree Food Company.