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Spicy Cheddar and Pumpkin Orzo

A dish that screams autumn with its savory, seasonal and warm flavors.

Servings: 4   |    Prep: 10 mins   |    Cook: 25 mins

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups DaVinci Orzo
1 cup reserved pasta water
1 tablespoon DaVinci Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for coating pasta
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
3/4 cup pumpkin purée
1 1/2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 ounces grated cheddar cheese
4 cups arugula leaves
2 tablespoons pepita seeds (pumpkin seeds)

Directions

1. In a large saucepot of salted boiling water, cook the DaVinci Orzo until al dente. Drain and reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid. Transfer the orzo to a large bowl, coat lightly with olive oil and set aside.

2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, until softened and lightly browned.

3. Add the pumpkin puree, chili garlic sauce, mustard, nutmeg, and salt and stir to combine. Pour in the reserved pasta water and simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the grated cheddar to the sauce, stirring until evenly incorporated and melted, about 3 minutes.

4. Pour the pumpkin-cheddar sauce over the bowl of DaVinci Orzo and fold it in gently to combine. Toss in the arugula leaves and pepita seeds. Transfer the pasta to plates, drizzle lightly with olive oil, and serve warm.

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