Butternut Pumpkin Wellington

with Vegetable Red Wine Gravy


VEGETARIAN
At first glance, this can look intimidating but it is easier than you think and an amazing show-stopping vegetarian Christmas dish. Give it a go and hear the ‘ooo’s’ and ‘ahhh’s’ as you cut it open on the Christmas table. No need to force these veggies down - savour every bite of puff pastry, veggies and Vegetable Broth infused gravy for a naturally nourishing boost of calcium, zinc, folate & B vitamins to support immunity, energy and gut wellbeing.
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Ingredients

PANTRY ITEMS

Wellington:

2 large butternut pumpkin halves, peeled

salt & pepper

olive oil

1 cup walnuts

1 leek, halved, washed and sliced

400g (4 cups) mushrooms, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves

8 sprigs fresh thyme

2 tbsp tamari 

1 tbsp dijon mustard

200g frozen spinach, defrosted

1 egg, beaten for glazing

4 sheets puff pastry (use gluten-free for gf option)

Gravy:

2 onions, finely sliced 

2 carrots, finely sliced

4 cloves garlic, diced

25 g dried porcini mushrooms

2 tbsp olive oil

2 fresh bay leaves

2 sprigs fresh thyme

2 tbsp tamari

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp plain flour

½ cup red wine

1 litre warm water

Sea salt

Cracked pepper

NUTRA ORGANICS PRODUCTS 

2 tbsp Vegetable Broth (choose your flavour) 

 


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, read the whole recipe before starting out.
  2. Peel and scoop out the seeds of the pumpkin, then cut off the bulgy part giving two long pieces and 2 rounder pieces (with the holes where the seeds were). Roughly chop the bulgy parts and place all the pumpkin on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes. Check if large pieces are tender, if still firm re-cover and roast for an extra 15 minutes. 
  3. Add the walnuts to the tray for the final 5 minutes of roasting.
  4. In a medium saucepan add leek with a little olive oil and gently fry until softened. Move to one side, add the mushrooms, garlic, broth and tamari and cook for 5 mins.
  5. Transfer to a bowl to cool.
  6. Finely chop the roasted walnuts and add to the mushroom mixture.
  7. Add the roasted pumpkin pieces to the mushroom mixture and mash through until combined.
  8. Drain the defrosted spinach and squeeze out all the water in preparation for assembly.
  9. To assemble the wellington, add 2 sheets of puff pastry (press down with your fingers to seal the 2 sheets together) onto a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Spoon one-third of the mushroom mixture down the middle of the pastry, around 8cm wide, leaving 5cm clear at the top and bottom.
  10. Pop the spinach over the mushroom mixture and place the long roasted pieces of butternut squash on top. Spread the remaining mushroom mixture over and around the butternut squash, filling in any gaps.
  11. Get the final 2 sheets of puff pastry, press down to seal the 2 sheets together and place it over the wellington, covering it like a tunnel.
  12. Trim the excess pastry with a knife and use a fork to crimp the edges. Use the excess pastry to decorate the top. Make 3-4 cuts to the top of the wellington to allow the moisture to escape.
  13. Brush the wellington with egg wash and bake for 35-45 minutes at 200°C or until the pastry is golden brown. If the sides of the pastry become too brown, cover with foil. 
  14. Meanwhile to make the gravy, add onion, garlic, and carrot into a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil, on a medium-low heat, fry for 10 minutes until softened. Then add the dried mushrooms, herbs, tomato puree and tamari, stir to combine for 1 minute.
  15. Scatter over the flour, stir through, then add the red wine, water and Vegetable Broth powder, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Let simmer for 10 minutes then whiz with an emission stick blender or pop into a blender and blend until smooth (careful - hot!)
  16. Once blended pop into a gravy jug to serve, or into a container then place in the fridge if you’re a clever cookie and you’re making this in advance.

Servings: 8
Ready in: 2 hours
Difficulty level: medium (not easy, not hard)

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