Creamy tagliatelle with ham and peas
Recipe (4 servings) ingredients:
For the dough:
- 300g flour (I always use ‘de Cecco’ flour)
- 3 whole eggs
How to prepare the pasta dough:
On a flat surface, sift the flour and dig a hole in the center into which the eggs will be added. Start mixing with a fork and incorporate the flour little by little. Once the flour is all mixed with the yolks, start mixing using your hands until the mixture is well homogeneous. Season with salt and if needed, add some water. Form the dough into a ball and wrap it inside a plastic wrap. Let it rest aside for at least 20 minutes and prepare the stuffing. For the pasta making, dust your work surface with some flour. Take a lump of dough and press it with your fingertips. Set the pasta machine at its widest setting and roll the pasta dough though it. If the pasta sticks, dust it with flour. Click the pasta machine down a setting and roll the dough through again. Fold the pasta in half, click the pasta machine back up to the widest setting and roll the dough through again. Repeat this process four to five times. The pasta dough becomes smooth and workable like that. Now it’s time to roll the dough out properly, working it through all the settings on the machine, from the widest down to the narrowest. Dust both sides of the pasta with some Cecco flour every time you roll it through the machine. When you’ve got down to the narrowest setting, fold the pasta in half lengthwise, then in half again, and again once more until you’ve got a square piece of dough. Turn it 90 degrees and pass it through the machine at the widest setting. As you roll it down through the settings for the last time, you should end up with a nice rectangular sheet of dough with straight sides. If your dough is a little cracked at the edges, fold it in half just once, click the machine back two settings and feed it through again.
For the sauce:
- 150g frozen peas
- 140g ham cut in small cubes
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 120ml liquid cream
- 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 120ml beef stock
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
- salt, pepper
In a small casserole pan, heat 1 tbs olive oil over medium heat. Add the frozen peas and the half of the beef stock. Cover and let cook for about 5-6 minutes until the peas become soft. If necessary, add the rest of the beef stock. In a sauce pan, heat 1 tbs olive oil over medium heat. Add the ham cubes and let cook for about 5 minutes, until they acquire a nice brown color. Add the liquid cream, the nutmeg and the content of the small casserole with the peas. Season with salt and pepper.
In the mean time, boil some water and place the tagliatelle to cook for about 3-4 minutes. Drain them and serve them in a pasta plate. Cover with freshly grated parmesan cheese and enjoy !
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