Pumpkin is one of the most underused fruits that is readily available.
Yes, I did say fruit. It is not a vegetable, at least technically speaking. It is almost always available in Asian markets and generally by the slice, so you don't have to buy and waste the whole thing.
I love pumpkin paired with a lot of things, I use it interchangeably with good Mississippi sweet potatoes, but I am particularly fond of white beans, pumpkin and a little sausage.
The basic recipe may have a little Italian influence, and just for fun I call it Tuscan stew. If you want to use canned white beans just make sure to wash off the goop.
1 cup sliced smoked sausage
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 cup cubed pumpkin
2-3 cloves chopped garlic
1-2 good pinches red pepper flakes
2 cups cooked white beans
1 cup chicken stock
Sauté the sausage until golden brown, remove and set aside. In the same pan sauté the onion for a few minutes, then add the pumpkin, season with the red pepper flakes and cook until the pumpkin is almost done. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the beans, sausage and the stock and simmer for just a few minutes. Top with lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano.