William Brinson
Hands-On Time
40 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Serves 4

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return it to the pot.

Step 2

Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 14 to 16 minutes. Transfer to a plate; reserve the skillet.

Step 3

Add the pumpkin, thyme sprigs, and 1½ cups water to the reserved skillet, cover partially, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pumpkin is very soft and most of the water has evaporated, 6 to 8 minutes.

Step 4

Add the onion, pumpkin, thyme leaves, pecorino, the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and ½ cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to coat (adding more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce).

Step 5

Serve the pasta with black pepper and additional pecorino, if desired.

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