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1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

Pasta dough

  • 4 eggs
  • 400g of 00 flour

Pasta filling

  • 100g of chard, or spring greens, finely sliced
  • 200g of spinach
  • 1 handful of parsley, leaves picked and chopped
  • 1 handful of chervil, leaves picked and chopped
  • 100g of ricotta
  • 20g of Grana Padano
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • nutmeg, freshly grated
  • salt
  • pepper

Walnut sauce

  • 1/2 slice of white bread, crusts removed
  • 50ml of milk
  • 50g of walnuts, toasted
  • 10g of Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 garlic clove
  • 100ml of olive oil
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • salt, to taste

Method

1
Begin by making the pasta dough. Place the flour in a bowl and crack the eggs into the centre. Whisk with a fork, gradually incorporating the flour into the egg
2
Once the mixture has become a dough, tip out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until you have a smooth, elastic dough. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rest for 1 hour
3
Blanch the chard for 3 minutes in salted boiling water. Plunge into iced water to chill and retain its bright green colour, then drain and squeeze out as much water as possible. Roughly chop and place in a bowl
4
Wilt the spinach in a hot dry pan, then squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Roughly chop and add to the bowl with the chard
5
Stir in the ricotta. Add the chopped herbs (reserving a little parsley for garnish), Parmesan and lemon zest and mix thoroughly
6
Season the mixture with salt, pepper, lemon juice and freshly grated nutmeg. Taste and adjust accordingly
7
Next, make the walnut sauce. Soak the bread in milk until soft, then add to a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend to a fairly smooth sauce – it's fine to keep the texture coarse if you prefer
8
Taste and season. The sauce may be quite thick but don't worry, as it gets loosened with pasta water later
9
When the pasta dough has rested, quarter it and roll through the pasta machine, moving down the settings until you have pasta sheets around 1–1.5mm thick
10
Working with a quarter of the dough at a time, lay out on a surface dusted with semolina flour. Place teaspoonfuls of filling along the dough, then carefully lay a second sheet of pasta over the top
11
Carefully press down around the filling to seal the pansotti and remove any air bubbles. Use a fluted pasta wheel (or knife if you don't have one) to cut the pansotti into triangular shapes
12
Place the pansotti on a tray dusted with semolina flour whilst you work in batches to make the rest
13
Cook the pasta in heavily salted boiling water for 3–5 minutes, depending on how al dente you like your pasta
14
Gently heat the walnut sauce in a large pan, loosening the sauce with a few spoonfuls of pasta water. Drain the pasta and add to the pan. Toss to coat the pansotti evenly in the sauce
15
Serve the pansotti warm with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped parsley