Roast Pumpkin & Herbed Mascarpone

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Serves2 people
Roast Pumpkin & Herbed Mascarpone

This is a true autumnal feast starring sweet roasted pumpkin and aromatic shiitake mushrooms balanced with zingy lemon-dressed quinoa and creamy, herby mascarpone.


  • 1 pumpkin
  • 100g mascarpone
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A handful of rosemary, leaves only
  • A handful of flat leaf parsley
  • A handful of mint, leaves only
  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 75g quinoa
  • 100g shiitake mushrooms
  • 50g rocket
  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 200ml boiling water
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 45 mins

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1. Heat your oven to 180C/170C fan/Gas 4. Halve the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds (compost or plant them). Cut the pumpkin into large chunks. Cut the skin off if you prefer.
2. Tip the pumpkin into a large baking tray. Drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil. Season and toss to coat. Cover with foil and pop into the oven for 20 mins.
3. Spoon half the pot of mascarpone into a bowl. Zest in the lemon. Peel and grate the garlic clove. Add to the mascarpone. Finely chop the parsley stalks, half the leaves and half the mint leaves. Stir through the mascarpone with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set to one side.
4. Trim the aubergine and cut it into finger sized batons.
5. After the pumpkin has cooked for 20 mins, remove the foil and add the aubergine and cumin seeds. Drizzle over another 1 tbsp oil. Gently stir to mix. Cook for a further 20 mins.
6. While the veg roast, rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove the soapy coating. Tip into a pan. Cover with 200ml boiling water. Cover with a lid. Simmer for 15 mins till thw quinoa are tender and the water has been absorbed.
7. Add the shiitakes to the pumpkin tray. Scattrer over the rosemary leaves. Roast for another 5 mins. After this time the pumpkin should be golden and soft and the aubergine browned.
8. Whisk 1/2 tbsp olive oil with the juice from half the lemon. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk again to make a dressing.
9. Stir the lemony dressing through the quinoa.
10. Arrange the rocket on a large serving platter or a couple of plates. Sprinkle over the lemony quinoa. Top with the roast veg. Dot over the mascarpone. Squeeze over a little more lemon juice to taste and scatter over the remaining herbs. Serve straight away.
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