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Anchovy and courgette ravioli

10 Jun

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Experimenting in the kitchen is one of my favourite things to do when I’ve got time to myself on a weekend. I can think of few better Sunday afternoons than those sent pottering about, putting in a bit more effort than I would during the week just to see how something turns out.

Today I decided to attempt ravioli. I’ve had a couple of goes at making my own pasta since I went to a workshop at Jamie Oliver’s wonderful Fifteen Cornwall and realised that all you really need to do so is a bit of patience and the ability to laugh rather than panic when it all seems to be going tits-up like this:

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I love the intense saltiness of anchovies, and I think courgettes are a great way of bulking a dish up, as they tend to take up the flavours of surrounding ingredients instead of overpowering everything else. I also blitzed in a green chilli to perk things up, having read in my trusty friend The Flavour Thesaurus that chilli and anchovy make a good combo. Once I’d sautéed the filling mixture, I stirred in some parmesan and left it to cool while I made the pasta dough.

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After rolling out the pasta dough and cutting it into circles, it was just a case of spooning filling on to them and popping a second circle on top, being extra careful to seal all the way around the edges. A few minutes’ boiling time and they were ready to serve with – which I did with a lemon and garlic butter sauce.

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Happy Sunday to me!