Coast Cooking

Put that pumpkin to good use with this recipe

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.

TUSCAN STEW

 

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.

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