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Culurjones De Patate (sardinian Ravioli With A Meat Ragu)

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • For the Ragu: · 10 ounces pancetta, diced · 1 pound top round beef, cut into 1-inch cubes · Salt · Freshly ground black pepper · 1 cup small diced carrots · 3/4 cup small diced celery · 1 cup small d
  • For the Pasta: · 4 large baking potatoes, peeled, cooked, riced and cooled · 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature · 2 ounces grated pecorino cheese · 1 egg · Dash fresh peppermint oil · Salt · Fr
  • For the cheese filling: · 1 tablespoon olive oil · 1 pound Swiss chard, cleaned and chiffonade · Salt · Freshly ground black pepper · 1 pound soft, fresh pecorino cheese, drained overnight · 3 eggs ·
  • To Finish:· 4 ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  • FOR THE RAGU: In a saucepan, render the pancetta over medium heat, about 8 minutes, or until almost all the fat is rendered. Season the beef with salt and pepper. Add the beef to the pancetta and brown the meat for 5 minutes, or until the meat is medium brown in color. Stir in the carrots, celery, and onions. Season with salt and pepper. Saute the vegetables for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are translucent. Dilute the tomato paste in 1/2 cup of water. Stir in the garlic, wine, diluted tomato paste, stock and tomato sauce and reduce the heat to very low. Cook, partially covered, for 2 hours.
  • FOR THE PASTA: In a mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, butter, cheese, egg and peppermint oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add in enough flour to form into a smooth ball. Cover the dough and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • FOR THE CHEESE FILLING: In a saute pan, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the Swiss chard. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. In a mixing bowl, combine the Swiss chard, cheese, eggs and nutmeg. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.
  • TO ASSEMBLE: Divide the dough in half. Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Roll both of the dough's out into a rectangle, as thin as possible. On one of the sheets of pasta, place heaping spoonfuls of the cheese mixture about every 2 inches. Place the other sheet of pasta over the first sheet of pasta and press down firmly around the mounds of cheese. Using a knife or pastry wheel, cut between the rows to make 1 1/2-inch squares. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ravioli and cook until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and toss with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • TO SERVE: Place a quarter of the raviolis in each serving bowl. Spoon the ragu over the pasta. Garnish with the grated cheese and parsley.