Sweet potato & goat's cheese ravioli
- Preparation and cooking time
- Plus 30 mins resting
- More effort
- Serves 4
Fresh pasta is incredibly satisfying to make and far easier than you may think
For the pasta
- STEP 1
For the filling, bake, steam or microwave the potatoes, then roughly mash. Mix with the pumpkin seeds and goat’s cheese.
- STEP 2
For the pasta, place the flour and a pinch of salt in a food processor and crack in the eggs. Pulse until mixture forms sticky-looking crumbs. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and bring together to form a firm dough. Knead for 5 mins until the dough feels smooth, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins. To make by hand, shape flour into a ‘ring’ on a work surface, crack eggs into the middle, then gradually work the flour into eggs using your fingers.
- STEP 3
Cut the pasta into quarters, then roll out each piece using a pasta machine. Dust with flour as you go and move it down a notch onto a thinner setting every second roll. Continue until you get to the penultimate setting. If you like your pasta very thin and delicate, you can go for the thinnest setting. If you don’t have a machine, use a heavy rolling pin to roll the dough as thinly as possible.
- STEP 4
Stamp out rounds using a ravioli cutter or a 6cm biscuit cutter – work quickly so the pasta doesn’t dry out. Lay the circles on a semolina-dusted surface and cover with cling film as you cut the rest.
- STEP 5
Place a small tsp of filling in the centre of each round. Dampen the edges with water, then sandwich another round on top. Use your fingertips to seal the edges, trying to expel all the air as you go. Lay the ravioli on a semolina-dusted tea towel to dry for a few mins.
- STEP 6
Cook ravioli in a large pan of gently boiling salted water for 4-5 mins. Do not use a full rolling boil as it is likely to make ravioli split. Drain, and serve with a little chilli oil, Parmesan and pumpkin seeds.
MAKING FRESH TAGLIATELLE OR LASAGNE
For tagliatelle, use the cutter on your pasta machine or cut strips using a sharp knife. To make lasagne sheets, cut the pasta into sheets about 12 x 18cm. Leave covered with a tea towel until ready to use so it doesn’t dry out.
SHAPING YOUR RAVIOLI
Stamp circles with a round cutter but instead of sandwiching two together, try folding circles in half to make half-moon ravioli. If you’re short of cutters, just use a knife. Heap small teaspoonfuls of filling down a narrow length of pasta, then dampen the edges. Lay a second sheet of pasta on top and seal around the mounds of filling – try to expel as much air as you can – then trim edges and cut ravioli into squares.