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Serves 5

Fresh pasta

500 g of high grade 00 flour

5 eggs

1 pinch of salt

300 g potatoes chopped and cooked in salted water

1 egg

1 pinch of salt 

1 pinch of nutmeg

1 spoon of Parmigiano (Parmesan) cheese 

Parsley and garlic 

Place flour in a mound on a clean work surface and make a well in the centre.

Crack the eggs into the well and add salt.

Whisk eggs together inside the well using a fork, then gradually fold in the flour from the outside for at least 10 minutes until the flour is smooth and elastic. 

Use your hands to mix until the dough is soft.

If the dough seems too hard, add 2 tablespoons of warm water.

Wrap up the dough in cling wrap and allow to stand for 1 hour.

Cool the potatoes, then peel and mash finely.

Sauté garlic and parsley with oil in a pan.

Add in the potatoes, Parmesan cheese, salt, nutmeg and egg.

Mix well and the stuffing is ready.
Combining the two

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough using a rolling pin.

Roll the dough through a pasta machine to paper thin (most machines will have a recommended setting for ravioli). Dust with a little flour between each roll if needed.

With a cutter, make circles with a diameter of 15cm.

Insert stuffing in the centre of each circle. Fold and close in a crescent shape pressing the edges to seal. With a fork, mark the outside border.

Place the ravioli on a tray with lots of flour. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the pasta for 3-4 minutes.
Serve with your favourite pasta sauce and cover with lashings of fresh parmesan. 

Saraceni operates Ristorante I Tre Pini set in the Tuscan hills. He interacts with South Africans on a regular basis showing guests on Trafalgar’s Rome and Tuscan Highlights holiday. Recipe courtesy of Trafalgar