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Smoked salmon tortellini with a vermouth and star anise sauce

By October 04, 2018 , ,

I love making my own pasta, especially filled pasta such as ravioli and tortellini. It can be time consuming but if you have some spare time its nice to give these a try. I had some excess smoked salmon as a friend kindly brought a rather large portion over from Ireland so thought it would make a nice change from the usual cheese, ham or mushroom fillings.

Makes about 24 tortellini

200g tipo '00' pasta flour
2 eggs

Whizz the flour and eggs together until they form a dough
Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for an hour to rest

150g mascarpone or cream cheese
150g smoked salmon finely chopped
Zest and juice of half a lemon
70g grana padano cheese grated
Salt and finely ground pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together until well combined, ensure you taste it to make sure there is enough seasoning

To make the tortellini
Roll out the pasta into flat sheets until you can just about see your hands through it (setting 6 on kitchen aid roller, setting 5 imperia)
With a 9cm diameter round pastry cutter, cut the pasta into rounds

Remove the excess pastry and place to one side
In the middle of each round place a 5g teaspoonful of filling

Wet the sides of the pasta round and then fold over in half until the sides meet, take care to remove all air bubbles

Wet the corners and then fold into the middle and press together to form a join

Repeat until you have used up all the filling

50ml creme fraiche
50ml dry vermouth
50ml fish stock
5g butter
Quarter piece star anise
1 bay leaf
5ml lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Place the vermouth, bay leaf, star anise and stock in a pan
Bring to the boil for 1 minute
Bring down to a simmer, add the creme fraiche and stir through
Add the butter and lemon juice, stir until the butter melts
Season with salt and pepper
Remove the bay leaf and star anise before serving

To cook the tortellini
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil
Place in the tortellini and cook for 3 minutes

Place the pasta in a bowl and pour over the sauce

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