Fresh pasta I could probably eat almost every day and so could my wife.  We both love Italian food and me being part Italian only makes since to love it.  There is something about it, the versatility, the endless combinations, the filled compared to the shaped, the variety of sauces, I could go on and on about my love of pasta but I will spare you.  Lately I have leaning even more and more towards pasta.  With Jp and Eloise eating more and more vegetarian pasta is always a safe bet.  Here in this recipe I am simply taking advantage of the fantastic porcini mushrooms.  Great mushrooms and great cheese pasta with a little butter and your good to go.   


12 oz fresh Ricotta cheese drained of water
5 oz fresh scamorza
3 oz petite Basque
salt and pepper to taste

Basic Egg Pasta
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp warm water
2 cups flour
1 cup semolina
1 tsp of salt 

12 oz of porcini mushrooms sliced
12 oz of baby spinach
1 bunch of chives snipped with flowers
1 tbsp of olive oil
4 tbsp of butter
1 garlic clove minced
1/4 cup of white wine, sherry or marsala
1/4 cup of cream
1/4 cup of pasta water
salt and pepper
2 oz shaved fresh parmesan


For the Pasta,

place the flours in a bowl, make a well or hole in the center of the flour.  Mix both flours in a bowl then make a well indention in the middle of the flour) Place the eggs, yolks, warm water, and salt,  into the well.  Using a fork, beat the eggs until smooth.  With the fork,  gradually stir in the flour little by little until the egg isn't so sticky, taking the flour from the outside and working into the middle egg mixture.  Using your hands instead of the fork, begin forming the dough by folding the flour into the mixture.  Continue the folding action until the dough is smooth and not sticky.  Adjust the amount of flour depending. You may need a little more or less depending on whether you included the puree.   Once the dough is formed,  knead it for 5 minutes,  wrap it in plastic and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.  

Take the full amount of dough and cut it in half keeping one half wrapped in plastic. Roll the dough flat with a rolling pin.  Place the flattened dough in the pasta machine on the thickest setting,  and pass it through.  Adjust the thickness of the setting with the knob.   For filled style pasta, I adjust the setting to a 6.   Pass the pasta through the machine down to a 6 and then fold the dough back up and repeat the process,  a total of 3 times.  You might need to add a little flour if the pasta is sticking.  Repeated folding and passing the dough through the pasta machine builds structure into the pasta which will enable it to attain the the aldente when boiled.  On the last pass through,  don't fold the pasta.  You should have long sheets at this point.  Using your pastry bag pipe the cheese mixture along the bottom of the pasta sheet leaving about a 1/2 inch from the edge.  Run it along the whole length of the pasta sheet leaving about an inch or two at the ends.  Then take a pastry brush or spray bottle of water and brush the top portion of the pasta sheet.  Take the bottom part pasta closest to the filling and roll over to the brushed top portion.  You should now have a long tube like pasta running all the way down the length of the pasta.  Now, at every 1/2 inch use your index fingers and press down with with each index finger to create a little "ravioli"  Continue the same thing all the way down the pasta sheet.  Then using a pinwheel cutter cut away the excess pasta at the top.  Then cut in between each press that you make with your fingers to create each agnolotti.  

To Finish,

Place a pot of salted water on the stove.  Meanwhile in a large saute pan on medium high heat add 1 tbsp of butter and olive oil along with the sliced porcini mushrooms.  Cook for 5 minutes and then season the mushrooms with some salt and pepper then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Deglaze with white wine and reduce by half.  Meanwhile drop your pasta in the boiling and cook for 1-2 minutes until they are tender and float to the top.  Add spinach to the pan and cook for a minute and then the cream, simmer.  Strain out the pasta and place in pan.  Add a little pasta water to the pan, season everything with salt and finish with 3 tbsp of butter.  Add 3-4 raviolis with sauce and mushrooms to each plate.  Finish with parmesan, chives, and flowers on top.  Serve and enjoy!

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