Tagliolini with cuttlefish ink ragu

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  • medium
  • Serves4
  • 1 hour 15 minutes, plus overnight resting


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Pasta dough

  • 400g of wheat flour, "0"
  • 30g of egg white
  • 170ml of water



Basil sauce

To garnish

Begin by making the pasta dough, sift the flour onto a clean table and make a well in the centre. Put the egg whites and water in the well and gradually mix together with your hands
  • 400g of wheat flour
  • 30g of egg white
  • 170ml of water
Knead all the ingredients until you obtain a smooth, springy texture. Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge overnight
The next day, roll out the dough to a 2-3mm thickness and cut into thin strips of tagliolini, then leave the pasta to dry on a floured surface
Meanwhile, wash and clean the cuttlefish and pat dry on kitchen paper. Cut 4 4cmx4cm squares from the cuttlefish and set aside. Chop the remaining cuttlefish into small pieces. Reserve the ink bag and liver
To make the ragu, heat a medium saucepan with 4 tbsp of olive oil over a medium heat. Add the garlic, chilli, onion and mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes. Add the chopped cuttlefish and cook for a further 10 minutes. Pour in the white wine and water, cover and simmer for 30 minutes
Next add the cuttlefish ink and livers and mix well, then add the tomatoes and a generous pinch of black pepper. Simmer over a low heat for a further 30 minutes
To make the basil sauce, wash and blanch the basil leaves in boiling water for 3 minutes, then refresh in iced water
Blend the basil leaves, 5 ice cubes, extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt using a hand-blender. Blitz until you obtain a smooth sauce
Boil the pasta in salted water for about 3 minutes or until cooked. Mix with the ragu and drizzle with a little olive oil
For the cuttlefish squares, heat a medium frying pan with a little extra virgin olive oil and sauté the cuttlefish for 2–3 minutes Season with salt and pepper and deglaze with the white wine. Add the cherry tomatoes to the pan and cook for a few more minutes over a high heat
  • extra virgin olive oil
To serve, place a nest of pasta on the serving plate with all the ragu components inside. Place a piece of cuttlefish on top and pieces of cherry tomato. Drizzle around the basil sauce. Garnish with dill and basil leaves
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