Winter penne with mushrooms and pumpkin

What could make winter veggies even better than they arleady are? Pasta, that's what. Michael Diacono makes a simple pasta dish using winter veggies and plenty of cheese for the ulitmate winter pasta dish. 

Penne with mushrooms and pumpkin


  • 500g penne
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 200g pumpkin, diced
  • 1 portobello mushroom, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • A few sage leaves
  • 1 tbsp carob syrup
  • Parmesan
  • Handful parsley


  1. Boil the penne in salted water with a bay leaf.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan with the olive oil and fry the onion with the garlic until soft.
  3. Add the pumpkin and the mushroom.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, add the carob syrup and a few leaves of sage.
  5. Add a little water from the pot and allow to simmer for a few mins.
  6. Add the pasta to the sauce, add the Parmesan and mix well.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve immediately.

This recipe first appeared on Gourmet Today TV, aired on TVM on 7 January, 2017.

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