Pumpkin Chestnut Tortellini, Gluten Free

by Jenn on November 27, 2009

in Gluten Free,Pastas and Grains,Vegetarian

Thanksgiving dinner isn’t always about roasting the turkey.  Sometimes the meal is just as much about the sides as the main dish, especially when you have near 20 of your family and friends gathering in the same place.  And of course, as always, it is about celebrating the seasons, and time together.  This is probably one of the few circumstances (at least in the near future) where everyone can be in the same place at the same time, a rare event that brings about a cherished fesitve spirit itself.  And then celebrating with good food means that the memories from today will come alive again with the aromas and tastes experienced.  This Autumn pasta does just that with roasted chestnuts, pumpkin, and chanterelle mushrooms.

I just love the “meatiness” that the texture of the chestnuts provides, which is well balanced by the smooth pumpkin puree.  But then, I just love roasted chestnuts on their own.  I don’t even need to do anything to them, I could eat them straight right after they came out of the oven.  If you have never roasted chestnuts at home before, I highly suggest it.  They have a distinctive flavor that is very different from most other nuts, and they lend themselves well to either being combined with other flavors or being the focus of flavor.  They can be used in savory or sweet dessert dishes too – really, they are quite versatile, and oh yes, they happen to be in season now :)

Working with gluten free pasta is always interesting, but in the end it was successful.    I have made gluten free pasta before, and every time it always seems to have its quirks.  Take care to do this in batches, rolling out dough and the filling and folding it quickly so that the dough doesn’t dry out too much before you are done.  You may also need to double the amount of pasta that you make, I had a lot of filling leftover (for which I found other very yummy uses to come soon!).

Chestnut on Foodista

Also submitted to – Friday Foodie Fix