Casunziei Recipe

40 minutes


Pasta dough

  • 300g of plain flour, sifted
  • 3 eggs

Beetroot filling

  • 500g of beetroot, peeled
  • 100g of ricotta
  • 2 eggs
  • fine breadcrumbs, as needed
  • fine sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • 60g of butter
  • 1 tbsp of poppy seeds
  • Parmesan, grated


Start by making the pasta dough. tip the flour onto a work surface and make a well in the middle. Crack the eggs inside the well and beat with a fork, incorporating the flour a little at the time, until you see some lumps of dough coming together. Carry on with your hands, kneading the dough until you have a smooth, elastic ball. Flatten it into a disc, wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for half an hour
Meanwhile, make the filling. Steam the beetroots until tender all the way through – about 30 minutes. Place in a food processor and blitz to a purée. Place them over a fine-mesh sieve lined with muslin to drain for 10 minutes
Transfer the beetroot purée to a bowl. Add the ricotta and eggs and as many breadcrumbs as needed to thicken the mixture – it should be creamy but not runny. Season with salt and pepper and set aside
Divide the pasta dough into three pieces and roll out using a pasta machine – I normally stop at to the second-to-last setting
Using a round, 7-to-8 cm ravioli cutter, cut out as many circles of pasta as you can get. Ease a teaspoon of filling into the centre of each circle then gently fold it over to form a half moon, smoothing down to remove any air pockets. Press the edges together using a fork
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Next to it, heat a large skillet and melt the butter for the sauce
Cook the casunziei in boiling water for 3 minutes, or until they float to the surface. Drain them with a slotted spoon and transfer to the skillet with the melted butter. Sauté for 30 seconds, until evenly coated in butter
Sprinkle with poppy seeds and Parmesan cheese and serve immediately