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Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta

Pumpkin palooza is continuing this week on the blog. We’ve taken our  Roasted Pumpkin from earlier in the week, pureed it and used it to make a creamy and decadent Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta.  Yes pumpkin puree is simply roasted pumpkin that you puree. Nothing complicated about it. In fact you might consider doubling up on the roasting so you have it on hand to use throughout the week for several dishes.

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Roasted Pumpkin with Pancetta and Rosemary

Roasted Pumpkin with Bacon and Rosemary www.bellalimento.com

I asked a question the other day on my Facebook page (we are friends there right? Right!) ” Pumpkin Overload or Bring on the Pumpkin?” there was overwhelming Bring on the Pumpkin response. Well I hope you meant it because Pumpkin Palooza is about to converge on the blog. We’re starting out with a basic roasted pumpkin recipe which will be a jumping off point to several other recipes to follow. By itself, it’s an amazing side dish to just about any fall meal that you can think of or if you’ve not eaten all day it’s a meal in itself (not that I know that or anything ehem).

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Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna

Roasted Squash Lasagna www.bellalimento.com

I absolutely hands down love lasagna. I equate the dish to my favorite slippers or warm fuzzy blanket. Not in an edible sense of course because who wants to eat shoes (besides my dog sigh). Lasagna just hits that feels good button and makes me want to go to directly to sleep once I’ve eaten a very large petite portion. Downfall to eating all those carbs right? I immediately want to go take a nap (yes I fear I’m 85).  We’ve made Lasagna alla Bolognese about half dozen times since the calendar has changed (not necessarily the weather). Lasagna alla Bolognese is the mother of all lasagnas, it’s true and quite possibly is my favorite version but sometimes, just sometimes I want something a little lighter. 

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Prosciutto Arugula and Fried Egg Pizza

Prosciutto Arugula and Fried Egg Pizza www.bellalimento.com

If you’ve never had eggs on pizza you’re missing out. MISSING OUT. Sorry for the yelling but I wanted to be sure you heard that. That moment when you pierce your fork into that perfectly runny yolk and it drizzles and oozes all over the prosciutto, bubbly mozzarella and peppery arugula creating a creamy silky dressing that makes your eyes roll (in a good way). Yes that moment. That bite. See what you’d be missing if you didn’t make this.

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Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce

Pappardelle Bolognese www.bellalimento.com
It’s fall. Is anyone else super excited? I’m ready for boots, cardigans, cranking up my oven, leaving the windows open during the day, wood burning fires at night and always, always watching the leaves change. That first week when they burst into a colorful explosion of oranges, yellows and reds. Yes. Those are the mornings I like to sit on my deck with my cappuccino and just stare at their magnificence. Until the oven calls and it always does. Fall is a time for low and slow cooking, Saturday sauces and baking bonanzas. One of my favorites is Bolognese sauce. It’s the mother of all meat sauces and is amazingly versatile.
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Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes and Burrata Crostini

Burrata Crostini with Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes www.bellalimento.com

I am slightly obsessed with Burrata (well cheese in general but this one – swoon). What is not to love about something that translates to BUTTERED? Right. If you’ve never tried it (and seriously run to the store now and find this so we can still be friends please) Burrata is a creamy dreamy fresh Italian cheese that’s made from both mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella but surprise (one of the few types of surprises that I like) once you cut into it (ah that first cut it’s like the first spoonful from a Nutella jar – happy happy happy) rich thick cream oozes from the shell and just begs for a toasty baguette (or spoon). Honestly I don’t think there are any bad ways to eat Burrata. Anyone else dream of cheese? I can’t be the only one.

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