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Butternut and ricotta rotolo with sage brown butter

  • serves 6 as a starter
  • A little effort

Put your pasta making skills to the test and impress your guests with this low-calorie recipe for a herby butternut squash and ricotta vegetarian starter that’s taking over from cannelloni

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Ingredients

  • garlic 1 clove, crushed 
  • sage a bunch, ½ leaves finely chopped and ½ leaves picked
  • nutmeg a grating
  • olive oil
  • butternut squash 500g, seeded and cut into 2cm cubes
  • ricotta 150g 
  • parmesan (or veggie alternative) 25g, plus shavings to serve 
  • ground mace a pinch 
  • egg 1, beaten 
  • butter 100g 

PASTA

  • 00 flour 150g, plus more for dusting 
  • eggs 1 large, plus 1 yolk

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Mix the garlic, chopped sage, nutmeg, 1 tbsp oil and season. Add the squash and toss. Tip onto a large shallow baking tray, and roast for 40 minutes – 1 hour until soft and dry (see cook’s notes at the bottom).

  • Step 2

    For the pasta, tip the flour into a food processor and whizz once to save having to sift it. Add the egg plus the yolk, and blend again until it forms a ball, adding 1 tbsp of water to help if needed. Tip onto a floured work surface and knead until it’s very smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and rest at room temperature.

    Kneading the pasta dough

  • Step 3

    Tip the roasted squash mix into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add the ricotta and grated parmesan, season with salt and pepper, and a pinch of mace.

    Adding the roasted squash mix to processor

  • Step 4

    Roll the pasta out until it’s 1mm thin, and approximately a 50cm x 40cm rectangle. Slide a clean, thin white cotton tea towel underneath the pasta sheet.

    Rolling out the pasta

  • Step 5

    Spread the squash filling over the pasta using a spatula, leaving a 1cm border around the edges.

    Spreading the squash filling over the pasta

  • Step 6

    Use the tea towel to help you roll the pasta up like a swiss roll, starting from the edge closest to you. Brush the top edge with the beaten egg and seal.

    Rolling up the pasta

  • Step 7

    Wrap the pasta roll in the tea towel and tie with string in 10cm intervals (not too tightly or this will leave dents in the pasta). Secure the ends firmly with more string and add a loop to each end to use as a handle.

    Wrapping the pasta roll

  • Step 8

    Heat a fish kettle or deep roasting tin filled with water (deep enough to submerge the pasta roll) and bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt. Gently lower the pasta into the water and simmer for 20 minutes, remove and leave to cool for a minute while you fry the sage leaves.

    Lowering the pasta into water

  • Step 9

    Heat the butter in a pan, continually stirring until it turns light brown and smells nutty. Add the whole sage leaves and fry for 30 seconds, then remove from the heat.

    Heating the butter

  • Step 10

    Unwrap the rotolo, cut 5cm sections on an angle (with a clean wet knife if it starts to stick) and arrange on plates, pouring over the sage, butter and top with parmesan shavings.

    Unwrapping the rotolo

COOK'S NOTES

You want to get the squash golden and dry when roasting as this will make a thicker filling that is easier to roll. Cut the cubes the same size and spread over the baking sheet evenly so the pieces don’t touch. This will allow more steam to evaporate.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 356
  • Fat 22.7g
  • Saturates 12.5g
  • Carbs 26.6g
  • Sugars 3.9g
  • Fibre 2.7g
  • Protein 10g
  • Salt 0.5g
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