Agnolotti pasta with potato, Parmigiano Reggiano and Fragno black truffle

12
4 hours

Ingredients

Fresh pasta

  • 650g of strong white bread flour
  • 350g of fine semolina
  • 8 eggs
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • water
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparato

  • 100g of black truffle, (preferably Frango truffle), grated
  • 100g of Parmesan, finely grated

Pasta filling

  • 1kg floury potatoes
  • 200g of Parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 20g of butter
  • 1 pinch of fine sea salt
  • extra virgin olive oil

Cream and truffle sauce

  • 150g of butter
  • 500ml of single cream
  • 1 tbsp of cream cheese, heaped
  • 1/2 tsp potato starch
  • 100ml of whole milk
  • 50g of Parmesan
  • fine sea salt

Method

1
To begin make the preparato. Finely grate the Parmigiano Reggiano and add to a small bowl. Grate the black truffle into the cheese and stir to combine. Transfer to an airtight jar and store in the freezer until needed
2
Clean the potatoes and add to a medium saucepan. Cover them with water (no need for salt), bring to the boil and cook until tender
3
When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes and press through a potato ricer into a large bowl
4
When cool, add the Parmigiano Reggiano, eggs, butter and 60g of the preparato and mix well.
5
Adjust the seasoning with fine sea salt or more Parmigiano Reggiano. Leave to rest, preferably overnight, to allow the flavours of the truffle and cheese to permeate the other ingredients
6
Tip the flour onto the board or work surface and sprinkle over the semolina. It's best to use a large, wide wooden board for making fresh pasta, but if you don't have this use a large work surface instead
7
Make a well in the flour, add a little drizzle of olive oil and crack in the eggs. Add a big pinch of salt. Starting from the middle, use your hand to blend the eggs with the flour, pulling in a little flour at a time as you mix
8
When all the eggs are incorporated into the flour, start kneading by hand
9
When ready, the dough should be quite stiff and should spring back when pressed. It should be moist, but not sticky – this will take at least 10 minutes of hand-kneading. Press the dough into a smooth, round ball and massage a little olive oil into the surface to stop it drying out as you work
10
Set up your pasta machine. Slice a piece of pasta from the ball (like you are cutting bread) and run through the pasta machine, pulling the sheet gently as it goes through the machine. Start with the highest thickness, gradually working your way to a thinner setting. The final number will depend on your pasta machine, but the pasta should be about 1mm thick
11
Work one sheet at a time, to prevent the dough drying out. Lay the pasta sheet on a clean work surface, dusted with semolina. Using a crimped pasta cutter, cut the sheet into squares
12
Add small blobs of filling to the centre of each square. Fold one corner over to meet the other (making a rough triangle), pressing around the filling with your fingers to make sure no air is trapped
13
Using the pasta cutter, trim the cut edges of each triangle to neaten. Hold one triangle with the middle point facing down. Use your two middle fingers to hold the filling, while your thumbs and forefingers gently stretch the other two points of the triangle round to meet each other
14
Fold each stretched corner over the other and seal together. You may want to get a friend to help!
15
Lay the finished shapes on a surface that has been lightly dusted with semolina. Cover to keep from drying out. The best surface to store fresh pasta shapes such as this is wood. Although it still needs to be dusted with semolina, it typically has the best temperature and it sticks less than other surfaces
16
For the cream and truffle sauce, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the cream and a pinch of salt, stirring to combine. Add the cream cheese and the vegetable stock granules, stirring again
17
In a small bowl, dissolve the potato starch in the milk. When the sauce has come to a boil, add the starchy milk, stir through and turn off the heat. Mix in 140g of the preparato and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and seasoning to taste, adjusting as necessary
18
To cook the pasta, bring a large pan of salted water or stock to the boil. Add the pasta shapes and cook for around 5-6 minutes, until the pasta is cooked but still retains some bite – the length of time will depend on the thickness of your pasta
19
To serve, scoop the pasta shapes out of the water with a slotted spoon or small strainer (so some of the starchy water still clings to the pasta) and add to a serving dish. Dress with the cream sauce and sprinkle over plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano and shavings of fresh Fragno black truffle