Our pumpkin stew is fragrant and flavorful with savory guanciale, sweet Medjool dates, and tortellini pasta. This gorgeous, velvety stew is highly appealing and hard to stop eating. Try to resist consuming the whole pot, as it tastes even better the next day.
It’s a unique pumpkin stew in a one-pot meal, ready in thirty minutes.
Why this recipe sings
Today’s pumpkin stew is a delicious meal made in just thirty minutes. Our traditional greek stuffing inspired the flavors. We had leftover ingredients after Christmas and decided to use them all by making this stew. The result was so successful we made it three times additional times that week, substituting ingredients to find out what worked best. It was easy to replace with a variety of pantry items. There is no extra salt used in this recipe. You can certainly tweak it to your liking. Just wait until the cooking is done. Broth and guanciale are salty items that will give flavor to this stew. Being cautious with salt will pay out.
Here is what you need
- Pumpkin. For faster dinners, I get the precut, already-steamed pumpkin at my local grocery store. You can certainly cook the pumpkin yourself. Great substitutes are butternut squash or sweet potatoes.
- Guanciale. It is an Italian cured meat product prepared from pork cheeks. It is used in making authentic carbonara pasta. It has a strong flavor, but you can substitute it with pancetta or thick bacon for a milder result.
- Broth. Chicken or vegetable.
- Medjool dates. They are a large, sweet variety of dates from Morocco, but they grow in the US and other countries. These dates are luxurious and sweet with an intense caramel flavor. Suitable substitutes are dried figs, prunes, apricots, and raisins.
- Chestnuts. I love having precooked chestnuts in my pantry ready to use. Alternatively, you can use hazelnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts.
- Parmesan cheese and heavy cream.
- Fresh tortellini pasta. Fresh tortellini filled with prosciutto is my go-to, but other fillings will work just as well.
How to make this pumpkin stew
Your fantastic one-pan pumpkin stew is ready. Serve immediately with more parmesan on the table. It makes great leftovers; add a bit of broth or cream to the pan and warm up slowly on the stove.
Quick Pumpkin Stew with Tortellini
- 7 oz guanciale cubed
- 1 onion roughly chopped
- 1 garlic clove roughly chopped
- 14 oz pumpkin diced and steamed
- 2½ cups chicken stock 500 ml
- 4 cup Medjool dates roughly chopped
- 10 chestnuts cooked, quartered
- 10 oz tortellini pasta filled with prosciutto or your favorite filling
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup Parmigiano Reggiano grated
Spices and herbs
- 2 rosemary sprigs just the leaves
- 2 fresh sage sprigs just the leaves roughly chopped
- 4 cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- Chop the guanciale into bite-size pieces. Next, chop the onion and garlic, and herbs. Finally, cut the chestnuts into four parts and chop roughly the Medjool dates.
- Place a medium-large pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add the guanciale and cook until the edges have caramelized.
- Add the onion and garlic and saute for a couple of minutes.
- Add the cubed pumpkin with the chopped herbs.
- Stir and cook for 3-5 minutes; pour in the stock. Add the chopped chestnuts and dates, stir and simmer on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
- Follow with the heavy cream and parmesan, and tortellini. Cook in high medium heat until the tortellini is fully cooked, about five minutes.
- Serve in bowls with more grated parmesan.
- Pumpkin. Great substitutes are butternut squash or sweet potatoes.
- Guanciale. You can use pancetta or thick bacon.
- Broth. Chicken, vegetable, it is all good.
- Medjool dates. Good substitutes are dried figs, prunes, apricots, and raisins.
- Chestnuts. Go for hazelnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts.
- Fresh tortellini pasta. You can use dry tortellini. Add them to the pot 15 minutes after you start cooking. Watch the liquid; you might need to add a bit more water or broth. Most brands are ready in 10-12 minutes. Feel free to use your favorite filling.