Ravioli of Peas, Spinach with Soft British Cheese and Sage Butter

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This recipe uses great, fresh British ingredients to create a delicious Italian dish with a very British twist. It’s quick to cook too!

Preparation time: 1 hour
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

RAVIOLIIngredients:

For the pasta:

500g “00” pasta flour
5 large free-range eggs
Extra flour for dusting

For the filling:

200g podded peas, blanched and mashed
100g baby spinach, wilted in a little oil, with salt & pepper
100g British ricotta or soft goat’s cheese, finely grated
Dessert spoon of chopped sage
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To finish:
100g butter
20 sage leaves
50g grated fresh British ricotta or a soft goats cheese

Method:

For the pasta:

1. Place the flour and eggs in a food processor. Blitz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs tip onto a floured surface and knead to bring together.

2. Once the dough has been formed, shape into a big flat disc. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

3. Once chilled, cut in half and roll out with a rolling pin sprinkling with flour as you go, to a thickness of 1 cm.

4. Pass through a pasta machine, on the thickest setting 3-4 times again dusting with flour. Repeat this through the settings of the pasta machine until the dough is about 1-2mm thick. Cut into a metre long length and lay out.

For the filling:

1. Mix the peas, spinach (squeezed really well), cheese and sage together and season.

2. Place a heaped teaspoon of the filling at one end and roll up. You should have 18-20 small balls of filling. Place each ball on the pasta leaving about 2 inches between each ball. Repeat until all the balls are on the pasta.

3. Brush water round the edge of each ball and lay another sheet of pasta loosely on top. Using your fingers, push gently around the filling to push out any air surrounding the filling in the pasta.

4. Seal each one and then cut with a sharp knife or pasta cutter or pastry cutter. Place each ravioli on a floured board or tray.

5. Boil the ravioli for 3-4 minutes.

6. Drain and arrange 3 on each plate.

To finish: Melt the butter in a frying pan until foaming. Add the sage leaves, pour over the pasta and sprinkle with the cheese.

 

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