World Pasta Day

Ciao Bella Foxy amigos! It has been a long time since I spoke to you, I have been extremely busy at our holiday parks in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset making some fantastic recipes for you all! 

Today is World Pasta Day - a big deal to me being Italian! World Pasta Day was established in 1995 where pasta experts from all over the world came together to discuss the glories of pasta. The World Pasta Congress use this day to promote eating pasta but also it's cultural and culinary importance. 

In honour of World Pasta Day and Halloween I am going to share with you one of my favourite pasta recipes for this time of year, perfect for you to make when you are on your John Fowler caravan holiday this October half term. 

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Bacon and pumpkin pasta 

Ingredients 

3 tbsp olive oil 

140g pancetta or bacon cut into cubes

1 small onion thinly sliced 

25g butter 

500g pumpkin 

20g fresh sage 

400g pasta 

25g parmesan 

Method 

1. Heat a heavy-based saucepan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and pancetta or bacon, then cook for a few mins. Add remaining oil and the onion. Cook for 5 mins, until the onion softens and the pancetta is crispy.

2. Stir in the butter, then tip in the pumpkin or squash and sage. Mix well to combine, then season. Cover and cook for 6-8 mins, stirring occasionally until the pumpkin is soft, but not falling apart.

3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to pack instructions. Drain and add to the pumpkin mixture. Stir in the parmesan and season. Serve in pasta bowls sprinkled with extra parmesan. 

This recipe can also be made as a vegetarian dish - just take out the bacon! 

*Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2005*

It's still not too late to celebrate halloween on family break in Devon, Cornwall or Somerset. We have some brilliant last minute holiday deals for October half term with 3 night breaks from £99