For the filling, I chose local fresh ricotta, the flavour of which is very freshly milky and sweet. Seasoned with the earthy and slightly peppery fresh spinach then complemented with the fruitiness of Parmesan cheese, the filling becomes absolutely gorgeous, seducing your palate and urging it to keep going for more.
I was after the creamy texture too; and while the filling already offered creaminess from the ricotta, to celebrate this texture a bit more, I went with a tomato-cream sauce. A pure cream sauce seemed too heavy, too rich, while this duo of cream and tomato offered a contrast – where the ever so slightly tangy tomato tricks your palate into thinking the sauce is lighter. Further still, the tomato offers a contrast to the ricotta’s sweetness, balancing out the whole experience. Perfection!
Finally, I always look for a bit of crunch, and find food dull without that action and bite! So, I had toasted some walnuts and sprinkled them around, for a little extra thrill. It was succulent, it was balanced, it was fresh, it was creamy, it had a bite, it was fun, it was comforting and it was all that I had thought of when I got that pasta roller out of the cupboard! It is, the perfect dish to tuck into, especially on these days of endless paperwork, cups and spoonfuls, edits, and page orders, layouts and designs (working on my cookbook)… It was the comfort of knowing, I produced something marvelous at the end of it all!
You too can make your own pasta and have it; the way you like it!
Here is the recipe for mine 🙂