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"My husband, John's, favorite thing in the world is carbonara," says Rach. "If it's his birthday, he's having carbonara. If he's performing in a concert, he's having carbonara. Whatever the occasion, he's having carbonara!" So, for Oprah's Favorite Things episode, Rach decided to make John's favorite dish, but with a seasonal twist. She adds pureed pumpkin, and saffron, to the sauce and tosses the pasta with roasted pumpkin, too. It's the perfect fall dish. And if you like pumpkin as much as John likes carbonara, serve these Pumpkin Dolce Bars by Milk Bar's Christina Tosi for dessert!
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Heat a large pot of water for pasta.
Seed half the squash, spray and season, then place cut-side down on parchment-lined baking sheet. Peel and small-dice (about ¼ to ½ inch) the remainder, spray and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, then place on the opposite side of tray. Roast about 30 to 35 minutes or until tender and the small pieces are a little brown at edges. Cool the large pieces of squash and scoop the flesh from the shell and puree until smooth.
Warm chicken bone broth and saffron to bloom at low simmer in small pot or pan.
Heat a large skillet with EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, over medium heat and render the pork until crisp at edges. Add shallots and stir, add garlic and red pepper flakes and stir, then add wine and reduce by half. Add saffron stock and pumpkin puree and combine. Cover to keep warm and remove from heat.
Salt boiling water and cook pasta 1 to 2 minutes less than directions. Whisk 1 cup of starchy, salty water into egg yolks to temper them, then whisk in cheeses and add to pumpkin.
Remove pasta from water or strain and combine with sauce and the egg and cheese mixture. Serve immediately with a little chopped flat-leaf parsley.