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Pasta Making & Meal Recipes – Mushroom Ravioli; Spinach Tortellini; Tagliatelle;

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Recipes:

Chicken Saltimbocca; Mushroom Ravioli; Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini; Tagliatelle; Arabiatta Sauce; Rocket Pesto; Sweet Potato Gnocchi; Squash Sauce; Romesco Sauce;

Chicken Saltimbocca

Ingredients – Serves 4:

  • – 4 (6 Ounce) Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • – 3/4 Cup All-purpose Flour Seasoned With Salt & Pepper
  • – 1 1/2 Tablespoons Minced Fresh Sage Leaves
  • – 8 Thin Slices of Prosciutto
  • – 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • – 1 1/2 Cups Dry Vermouth or Dry White Wine
  • – 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • – Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • – 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter

Method:

  1. Slice each chicken breast in half lengthwise, then pound thin with a meat mallet. Chicken should be about 1/4 inch thick.
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  3. Place the seasoned flour in a shallow bowl, and dredge each piece of chicken on both sides, then place on a baking sheet.
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  5. Sprinkle the top of each cutlet with the chopped sage, then cover with a slice of prosciutto.
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  7. Press the prosciutto to help it to adhere to the chicken and then refrigerate until needed.
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  9. 30 minutes before you plan to cook, remove the chicken from the refrigerator.
  10. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy skillet over medium high heat until lightly smoking, then place 4 cutlets in the pan prosciutto side down.
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  12. Cook the cutlet until you can see the edges are beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.
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  14. Carefully flip the cutlets over and reduce heat to medium and cook until no longer pink inside, about 2 to 3 minutes.
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  16. Move the cutlets to a warm platter, cover with foil, and cook the remaining cutlets in the same manner.
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  18. Once all the cutlets are cooked and moved to the platter, add the wine 9or vermouth) and lemon juice to the pan and scrapping up and browned bits, cook over high heat until the liquid has been reduced to about 1/2 cup.
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  20. Add the butter and season with salt and pepper and stir until blended.
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  22. Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with fresh sage leaves.

Mushroom Ravioli

Ingredients – Serves 4:

  • – 2 large eggs
  • – 200g of 00 flour, plus extra for dusting

For Mushroom Filling:

  • – 1 tbsp olive oil
  • – 400g Chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • – 2 shallots finely chopped
  • – 1 clove garlic
  • – 1 sprig thyme
  • – 1 heaped tbsp ricotta
  • – 2 tbsp parmesan freshly grated
  • – salt and pepper to season

Method:

  1. Heat a 1 tbsp of olive oil in a medium-sized pan, once hot add the finely chopped shallots and saute until soft and translucent.
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  3. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook down until reduced in size and softened. Add the garlic and thyme and a good pinch of salt and pepper, fry for 1-2 minutes. Set aside and let cool for 5 minutes.
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  5. Add the cooled mushroom mixture to a food processor with parmesan and ricotta. Blitz until like a coarse pate.

How to Make Ravioli

Ravioli is a filled pasta. They are great for making at home as they are relatively easy to shape, unlike their fiddlier counterpart tortellini, which take a bit more practice. The secret of perfect ravioli lies in making beautifully thin pasta, so take your time when rolling and handle with care.

Using a pasta machine, roll out the dough starting at the largest setting. Continue to pass the dough through the machine, lowering the setting each time until you have reached a number 1 thickness. If you have made a lot of dough, split it into more manageable portions to avoid breakages.

Once the pasta dough has been rolled out, cut into circles using a 7–8cm pastry cutter.

Make one ravioli at a time keeping the remaining pasta covered loosely with cling film or a damp tea towel. Lightly egg wash the edge of one of the circles. Take a heaped teaspoon of filling and place in the middle of the circle.

Lay a second pasta disc over the top and gently mould the pasta around the filling, making sure to remove all excess air that may be trapped to prevent the pasta breaking during cooking.

Gently press around the edges to seal and repeat this process until all the filling has been used up.

Place the ravioli on a lightly floured tray in the fridge for 30 minutes or until needed. If desired, you can crimp the edges of the ravioli with a fork or use zig-zag pasta cutters for a more decorative effect.

To cook the ravioli, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add a glug of olive oil and carefully lower in the ravioli. If the filling is pre-cooked, they will need around 3 minutes. If using raw filling, cook for a few minutes longer.

Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini

Ingredients – For the pasta (makes more dough than needed for this recipe):

  • – 70g spinach(blanched)
  • – 4 large free-range egg yolks
  • – 200g ‘00’ flour, plus extra for dusting

For the hazelnut pesto:

  • – 25g whole blanched hazelnuts
  • – 15g Parmesan(or a similar vegetarian hard cheese), grated
  • – 1 tbsp hazelnut oil
  • – 1 tbsp rapeseed oil

For the filling:

  • – 150g ricotta
  • – 50g Parmesan(or a similar vegetarian hard cheese), grated
  • – 1 lemon, zest only
  • – pinch grated nutmeg
  • – salt and freshly ground pepper
  • – knob of butter, to serve

Method:

  1. Put the spinach and egg yolks in a food processor and process until smooth. Add the flour and whizz again to combine – the mixture will look like breadcrumbs at this stage. Tip out onto a lightly floured board and bring together using your hands. Knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky. Cover and rest in the fridge while you make the filling and pesto.
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  3. For the pesto, spread the hazelnuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 6–8 minutes, until golden brown, then set aside to cool.
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  5. For the filling, mix the ricotta, Parmesan, lemon zest, nutmeg and a pinch of salt and pepper until well combined. Transfer to a piping bag or a plastic food bag with the corner snipped off.
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  7. To make the pesto, crush the hazelnuts in a pestle and mortar, then gently stir in the Parmesan and oils.
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  9. To assemble the tortellini, roll the pasta dough through all the sizes on the pasta machine starting with the widest setting and finishing on the smallest setting when the pasta is very thin. Using a 9cm/3½in round cutter, cut out 10 circles. (Any leftover dough can be frozen to use another time.)
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  11. Pipe a heaped teaspoon amount of filling inside each pasta circle and fold in half to create a half moon shape. Wet the edges and press down to help them stick. Pull the two narrow ends together to form a tortellini shape.
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  13. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta in the boiling water for 2–3 minutes, or until al dente. Drain well.
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  15. Meanwhile, put a frying pan over a medium–high heat and add a knob of butter. Cook until lightly browned and starting to bubble. Then add the hazelnut pesto and gently heat through.
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  17. Serve the tortellini with the pesto spooned over the top.

Homemade Tagliatelle

Ingredients – Serves 4:

  • – 2 large eggs
  • – 200g of 00 flour, plus extra for dusting

Method:

  1. Place 180g of the 00 flour onto a large wooden board. Pour the remaining 20g of flour into a small bowl, ready to use if necessary.
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  3. Shape the flour into a volcano with a large hole in the centre, then crack the eggs and pour them into the middle.
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  5. Using a fork, lightly beat the eggs, then mix in the flour a little at time. It is essential that the flour is gradually beaten into the eggs to ensure the walls of the volcano don’t break too soon. Add the reserved 20g of flour if the dough is too moist.
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  7. Bring the mixture together with a spatula and your hands until you obtain a consistent ball of dough.
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  9. Work the dough with the heel of your hand for 10–15 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and very elastic. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
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  11. Dust a wooden board with 1 tbsp of flour. Unwrap the dough and flatten it with a rolling pin. Roll out the dough into thin pasta sheets, less than 1mm thick.
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  13. If you have a pasta machine, divide the dough into 4 before rolling it out. Flatten it to a rough square so that it fits through the machine at its highest setting. Roll it through & fold it back over it to itself. Rotate it through 90 degrees and repeat this a few times. This releases the gluten which increases the elasticity of the dough and stops it cracking & tearing. Now reduce the thickness of the machine 1 click at a time until you reach the 2ndlast setting. You can feed it through the cutting attachment.
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  15. To cut the pasta sheets into tagliatelle, roll the sheets up and cut into large ¾cm strips. Unravel the cut tagliatelle strips and twirl into little nests. Dust the nests liberally with flour to stop them from sticking.
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  17. Cook the tagliatelle within a few hours in boiling salted water for 3–5 minutes before serving with your favourite sauce.
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  19. Alternatively, freeze for up to 1 month. To freeze the pasta, layer the tagliatelle flat on a tray lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1 hour, then transfer to a freezer bag or another suitable container.

Arabiatta Sauce

Ingredients – Serves 2:

  • – 4 fresh tomatoes
  • – 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • – 1 teaspoon of harissa paste (if you don’t like spice, use tomato paste)
  • – Salt & Pepper
  • – 1 Banana Shallot, finely diced
  • – 1 teaspoon sugar
  • – Sprig Thyme – stalks removed
  • – Teaspoon of olive oil
  • – Lemon – squeeze.

Method:

  1. Using a box grater, grate the tomatoes into a bowl – discard the skins. 
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  3. In a small pan, heat the olive oil then soften the garlic and shallot.   Add the harissa paste, then the tomatoes and stir – season with salt and pepper, plus a teaspoon of sugar – taste and then keep warm until needed.  Add squeeze of lemon as you serve.

Rocket Pesto

Ingredients:

  • – 50g Pine Nuts
  • – 100g Rocket
  • – 50g Parmesan
  • – 150ml Olive Oil
  • – 1 Garlic Clove

Method:

  1. Combine the pine nuts, rocket, Parmesan, olive oil and garlic clove in a blender. Season and blend to a paste.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Ingredients 

  • 1 sweet potato medium
  • 1.5 cups of flour (‘00’ or plain)
  • 15g of grated parmesan
  • Seasoning

Method

  1. Bake the sweet potato on 180C for roughly 45 minutes or until soft.

    Let it cool down, peel and discard the skin.

    Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a bowl, start forming a dough. You might need more flour as every potato is different.

    Work the dough on floured surface with your hand, adding more flour if too sticky.

    Form a dough ball, wrap it in cling film and rest in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.

    Form gnocchi shaped little dumplings.

    Get a pan of salted boiling water ready and boil the gnocchi for approximately 2 minutes until they start floating on top.

    Strain and cool down.

    Finally, we can either pan-fry our gnocchi or just drop them directly into hot pasta sauce to warm up.

Romesco Sauce

Ingredients – Yields 3cups

  • One 450g jar of roasted red peppers, drained
  • ½ cup raw or roasted almonds (unsalted)
  • ¼ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium-to-large cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Method

    • In a blender (preferably) or food processor, combine everything but the olive oil. Securely fasten the lid and blend, starting on low and increasing the speed as you are able to gain traction.
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    • Once the ingredients are mostly blended, start drizzling in the olive oil while running the blender. Blend until you reach your desired consistency (I like my romesco sauce pretty creamy, but you might prefer it with a chunkier texture).
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    • Taste, and add additional salt (up to ¼ teaspoon) if it doesn’t quite knock your socks off yet. Serve immediately with toasted sourdough bread rubbed with raw garlic (as a funkier version of Pan con tomate), you could add chorizo or other toppings
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    • You could also use as a sauce for arancini and many other dishes
    • Or store in a jar in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Squash Puree

Ingredients

  • 1tbsp pomace oil
  • 100g squash, diced
  • 1/2 shallot =60g
  • 1 clove garlic=15g
  • Pinch of spices to your taste, we used Garam Masala, Chilli flakes, Cinnamon, Ground Coriander.
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Method

  • Sweat the onion and garlic on olive oil for two minutes.
  • Add diced squash and get some colour on it.
  • Blitz in food processor/nutribullet

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