Gemelli Pasta with Roasted Pumpkin and Pancetta


Roasting the pumpkin brings out the sweetness, which pairs well with the salty pancetta. This "primo piatto," or first course, is simple and delicious!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups peeled, cubed pumpkin

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ (16 ounce) package gemelli pasta

  • 1 (4 ounce) package diced pancetta

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Pile diced pumpkin on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and toss lightly to coat. Spread pumpkin out and sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.

  4. Bring a large pot of unsalted water to a boil. Add gemelli pasta and boil until just nearly tender, about 9 minutes.

  5. Heat remaining olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add pancetta and cook until starting to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the roasted pumpkin and cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes more. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil.

  6. Drain pasta and add to the pan with the pumpkin mixture. Continue cooking until pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, 1 to 2 minutes more. Serve immediately, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
14g Fat
46g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 730mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 364mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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