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Fagottini with pumpkin

Fagottini is a pasta type that looks a bit like small bags with a filling. You can close the ‘bags’ with chives, but that is not so simple as it looks!

It is a delicious pasta so it is worth to try it out!



The Pasta

Pasta flour 250 gr
Eggs 2
Chives (blanched) 16 
Butter for greasing  

The Filling + Sauce

Olive oil 1 spoon
Pumpkin (peeled and seeded) 200 gr
Ricotta cheese 250 gr
Raisins nuts 2 spoons
Butter 50 gr
Flour 50 gr
Hot milk 500 ml

Preparation Process

Sift the flour into a mound on a work surface and make a well in the centre. Break the eggs into the well and add a pinch of salt. Knead thoroughly, shape into a ball, cover with a clean towel and leave to rest for 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the filling.

Put the raisins into a heatproof bowl, pour in hot water to cover and leave to soak. Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the pumpkin, season with salt and pepper and cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.

Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 minutes. 

Beat the ricotta in a bowl, then stir in the pumpkin and onion mixture. Drain the raisins, squeeze out the excess liquid and stir into the bowl.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into 8 fairly large squares. Cook in plenty of salted boiling water until al dente.

Drain and spread out on clean tea cloths. Put a generous tablespoon of the filling in the centre of each square, bring the four corners together holding them fairly high and tie at the base with 2 blanched chives.

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and grease an ovenproof dish with butter. To make the sauce melt the butter in a saucepan.

Stir in the flour and cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, for 2–3 minutes until golden brown. Gradually stir in the milk, a little at a time.

Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, lower the heat and simmer gently, stirring constantly, for 20 minutes until thickened and smooth.

Put the fagottini in the prepared dish, pour the sauce over and bake for 10–15 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes, then serve.

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