Creamy Pepita and Parmesan Pasta

I sit here in Spring Hill, waiting for a good friend and eating a yogurt I bought instead of a coffee (feeling virtuous), thinking about all the things I have to do at home (feeling delinquent). Half-unpacked suitcases, overflowing recycling bins, and a garage that would give small children nightmares. (It gives me nightmares!) I've got writing to do, and preparations for my first-ever market stall. Ideas crowd my brain, begging for time and money to become - like Pinocchio - real.

But you know what?

This is real.
Spending time with a friend who needs a friend. Going out for a coffee with my daughter. All these little things that don't get put on my to-do list, but which make me - and the people I care about - happy.

And tonight, when I get home, I think I'll open a bottle of red and make this simple but utterly devine pasta dish. And serve up dinner on my salvaged coffee table and remember that life is more than lists. And that it's friends, not papers, that come to share dinner with me.

Creamy Pepita and Parmesan Pasta
serves 4

The time
10 minutes

The ingredients
500 g pasta, cooked to directions
2 organic egg yolks
4 Tbs butter
4 handfuls grated parmesan (+ another for sprinkling)
2 tsp mixed herbs
3 handfuls crushed toasted pepitas* (do it yourself, in a skillet over medium heat till they start to pop)
1 tsp salt, or to taste

*or pumpkin seeds
**Try to use organic ingredients when you can.

The process
1. Simply swirl the egg yolks in the bottom of a large dish, add the cooked, drained pasta - still hot from the stove - and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.

NOTE: The egg yolks lend this dish a smooth creaminess that shouldn't be missed - and in case the idea of raw eggs freaks you out, they cook slightly as you stir in the hot pasta.

The cost
This should cost you around $2 per serving, if made with all organic ingredients. Outside Australia it'll likely be cheaper.

Amanda xx


  1. This sounds absolutely delish!
    Will try this week

  2. Looks delicious! What mixed herbs do you suggest? I want to try this tonight!

  3. i think that it's interesting that you said its cheaper outside of Australia!?
    is food just generally more expensive here or just organics? (its been a few years since i've been overseas!)

  4. Kels, hope you love it!

    My fave herbs in here are chives ... but I actually made this last night without any herbs at all and it was still *amazing* :)

    Jen, I made that little comment 'cos I recently spent so much time in the US, which in general is cheaper in cost-of-living sorts of ways. I found produce cheaper in the UK, too. Not sure why our produce here is more expensive - organic or otherwise ... perhaps it's a subsidy thing? Or the big 2 supermarkets nailing us? Good question.

  5. Beautiful looking pasta dish but even more beautiful words.

    P.S. good luck with your market stall!

  6. Gorgeous, and looks like perfect hearty fare for the cool weather we're having. Wait, MARKET STALL? Did I miss an announcement? What are you selling?


  7. Thanks! No announcement *yet* but I will be selling homemade organic moisture bars, lip balms, and kiddie gardening packs :) Very exciting!!

  8. This sounds like a wonderful pasta dish. I love the addition of pepitas.

  9. MMMMM,..What a delightful fresh looking appetizing pasta dish! I love pumpkin seeds too! ;)

  10. You are so right! I feel like throwing my zillion and one lists in the bin after reading this. Pasta looks sensational. I do love a good dose of parmesan!

  11. So happy to stumble across the site of another Brisbane blogger! This is my favourite way to make pasta - the creamy egg thing, I mean - and I'm craving this dish tonight!

    It's love to *meet* your blog!

    Catherine @ The Spring

    p.s. I'm running a giveaway on The Spring right now that I think you'd really like... it's all about mason jars, cast iron skillets, and all kinds of traditional, wonderful, kitchenwares!

  12. Thanks for all the lovely comments! And nice to meet you newbies! :)

  13. Thanks for showing examples of the types of foods you prepare at your dinner table. Do you have directions on how we can re-create your culinary delights?

  14. It is nice to enjoy the little things in life, especially enjoying time with lvoed ones. This recipe sounds delicious, thank you for sharing.


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