Radiatori with Pumpkin Sauce {Radiatori Con La Zucca}


I have a thing for uniquely shaped pastas.  Whereas we can always find spaghetti, penne, elbows, ziti, fettucine  in our regular markets it’s not everyday that we come across radiatori and others like it. I always find fantastic pasta selections at  World Market . For the record, World Market doesn’t know who I am {well okay I do have a rewards card so I’m guessing SOMEONE over there has my name and number on file} which means that they have given me zilch in exchange for mentioning them. I just happen to LURVE them and spend way too much moo-lah in the store ; )

I seriously can not leave without having at least one bag of gorgeous pasta in my basket {okay who am I kidding, I never can get everything into a basket in that store, it’s a buggy. There I admit it ; ) } Now that I saw that gorgeous pasta, which btw radiatori means radiator in English. And yes, it does look like a radiator doesn’t it. It also reminds me of the puffy sleeves on Flamenco dancers {a la Rocco DiSpirito’s neon pink costume on DWTS} Okay you got me, DWTS is a total guilty pleasure. Don’t judge!

Once I got the radiatori home it was screaming for a pumpkin pancetta and sage sauce. Yep, it told me so, and I happily obliged.

Here are a few other recipes that feature PUMPKIN:



Radiatori with Pumpkin Sauce {Radiatori Con La Zucca}
What you’ll need:
1 pound radiatori pasta
2-3 slices of pancetta – roughly chopped {you can substitute bacon if you can not find pancetta}
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 fresh sage leaves – minced

What to do:
1. Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente. Reserve approximately 1 cup pasta water. Drain. Set aside.

2. Into a medium sauce pan add pancetta and cook until crispy. Transfer to a sheet lined with kitchen towels. Set aside.

3. Into a medium saute pan add: oil, butter, heat over medium heat. Add onion, cook until softened. Add wine and allow to reduce by half. Add pumpkin. Season with salt and pepper. Add sage.

4. Add drained pasta to sauce pan. Toss to combine. If mixture is too thick, add a little of the pasta water until it loosens slightly. Top with crispy pancetta.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    I MUST find some of this pasta! It’s so cute!

  2. 2

    This is such a neat recipe! Love those noodles!

  3. 3

    This sounds SO good! Love all the flavors you included.

  4. 4

    Looks delicious! I sure wish World Market knew who I was. Love that store!

  5. 5

    I’ve seen radiatore before but none that were so darn curlicue-ish like these. Too bad I don’t have a World Market store here.

  6. 6

    I totally need to go to World Market…radiatori is so cool looking!! I bet it grabs sauce beautifully! And you know how I am with pumpkin…oh come to mama!

  7. 7

    Cute pasta. I love World Markets – it’s my TJ 😀

  8. 8

    Pumpkin, sage, radiators… 🙂 I can “feel” the fork impaling this package of pasta happiness… better yet, my teeth. (!) Thanks for another fantastic combo, Paula!

  9. 9

    Looks fabulous! Never saw that pasta before, very interesting.

  10. 10

    Love this pasta and would you please save me a bite;)

  11. 11

    Oh this sounds delish and I love the pasta!

  12. 12

    Lovely pasta & post!

  13. 13

    i need this in my face.

  14. 14

    I share your feelings on world market & fun shapes pasta! This looks delicious Paula!

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  16. 16

    You had me at pumpkin sauce. Lovely recipe Paula 🙂

  17. 17

    I love the radiatore pasta, I can just imagine the sugo getting caught in all the holes! YUM! Must see if I can buy them at an Italian store here in Australia. Thanks for sharing!

  18. 18
    Lele /

    This pasta does not exist in Italy and probably, if the Italian shop is enought authentic, does not sell it


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