Pansotti with Walnut Sauce (using Prebuggiun filling)

August 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-9


1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
4 borage leaves (optional)
3 cups spinach, chopped
¼ cup pecorino Romano, grated fine
½ cup fresh ricotta
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup heavy cream
Ger-Nis Fresh Pasta


In a large pot of boiling water blanch all herbs and leaves and drain of all water using a cheese cloth. Chop all the blanched herbs up fine and place in a large bowl. Gently mix in the parmesan and ricotta sprinkle with salt, pepper and nutmeg and mix. Lay out pasta on a floured work surface, preferably wood and cut the pasta into circles. Place a spoonful of the mixture in the middle of the pasta and roll dough over forming a half moon shape, pressing firmly to close (make sure the pasta is closed on the sides). Place in a large pan of boiling and salted water and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until all pansotti are floating. In a blender mix together the oil, garlic, and walnuts, blend until smooth and add heavy cream and season with salt and pepper. After the pansotti are cooked take them out of the water and discard the pasta water keeping about ¼ cup reserved. Place the pansotti back in the empty pan and pour the walnut sauce over heating on a medium heat. Add a little pasta water to loosen the mixture and serve!

Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


¼ cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
Olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups fresh summer shelling beans, shelled and cooked until tender
1 small fennel bulb sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Fresh Herb Pasta sheets cut into pappardelle
Pecorino cheese for garnish


Mix pecorino, lemon zest and ¼ fresh herbs together and set aside. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, fennel seeds, and red pepper flakes, sauté for a few minutes. Add the shelled beans and cook for a few minutes. Add fresh herbs and fennel and sauté a few more minutes. Add tomatoes and cook another few minutes. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up any browned bits. Continue to cook until tomatoes soften, about 3-5 minutes, add lemon juice at the end and mix well. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Cook Fresh pappardelle in boiling water until desired consistency (about 3 minutes) and mix together with sauce and serve garnished with pecorino and fresh herbs.

Ger-Nis Fresh Pasta Dough

March 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 1 pound of pasta


3 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon salt


To make dough in a processor

Blend flour, eggs, and salt in a food processor until mixture just begins to form a ball (dough should be firm, but not sticky). Process dough for 15 seconds more to knead it. Transfer to a floured surface and let stand, covered for about 30 minutes for the dough to relax.

To make dough by hand

Mound flour on a work surface, preferably wooden, and make a well in center. Add egg and salt. With a fork, gently beat eggs until combined. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a paste, pulling in flour closest to egg mixture and being careful not to make an opening in outer wall of well.

Knead remaining flour into mixture with your hands to form dough (dough should be firm, but not sticky). Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.

Rolling pasta

Divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle and over rectangles with an inverted large bowl. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting. Follow directions on pasta maker to roll and cut the desired pasta.

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