400 grams peeled, seeded, butternut pumpkin
200 grams piece sourdough bread
4 slices rindless short-cut bacon
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons baby capers
2 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley
375 grams fresh pappardelle
150 grams fresh ricotta
Preheat oven to 220C fan-forced. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Meanwhile, coarsely grate pumpkin. Cut crusts from bread, then tear into small pieces. Thinly slice bacon.
Line a large oven tray with baking paper. Place pumpkin on tray, drizzle with 1 tbs oil and scatter over capers. Season with salt and pepper, then toss to combine. Spread mixture to cover half the tray. Place bread and bacon on other half of tray. Drizzle with 1 tbs oil and toss bread mixture to combine. Bake, stirring each mixture halfway through, for 12 minutes or until bread is golden and pumpkin is tender.
Meanwhile, thinly slice garlic and roughly chop parsley, reserving a few leaves to serve. Add pasta to boiling water, return to the boil, then cook for 2 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 180ml (3/4 cup) cooking water.
Heat remaining 2 tbs oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 1/2 minutes or until golden. Add pasta, reserved cooking water, pumpkin and bread mixtures. Squeeze over juice from lemon, tear over half the parsley, then toss to combine.
Divide pasta among bowls, then top with small spoonfuls of ricotta. Tear over reserved parsley to serve.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Sophia Young & Jessica Brook, MasterChef, August 2012