Pasta ripiena (filled pasta) with squash is a speciality of the regions surrounding the river Po, including Emilia-Romagna and Lombardia. The exact origin of squash-filled pasta is hotly debated, as both Mantova and Ferrara have early records of this dish, and therefore both take credit. In any case, in homage to these gastronomic - and squash - centres of Northern Italy, this week we’ve filled our fresh mezzelune (a shape typical to Italy’s northern regions) with a sweet, orange-hued squash filling. We combine this beloved ingredient with provola and speck, two ingredients similarly associated with the culinary traditions of the north.
Provola originally hails from Campania in the Italian South, though this gooey cheese, not dissimilar in texture to mozzarella, is now predominantly crafted by artisan cheesemakers in the Po river valley regions. This cheese earns its name from the ancient tradition of ‘pruvatura’ or ‘pruvula’, where priests who had assembled at the convent of San Lorenzo in Capua were offered the cheese on a piece of bread, as to demonstrate its good qualities.
We also fill our special mezzelune with salty speck ham. Speck, known and formally recognised in Italy as Speck Alto Adige PGI, is a dry-cured and ever-so-slightly smoked ham, typical of South Tyrol, in the north. To finish, we dress our mezzelune in an earthy sage butter, as well as a final scattering of formaggio.
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- Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Salt the water (around ½tbsp per litre).
- Cook the pasta in the boiling water for around 3 minutes.
- Whilst the pasta cooks, put the butter in a pan, cover with a lid and heat until steaming. Once steaming, turn off the heat.
- Lift the pasta out of the water and transfer to the butter. Toss gently to coat.
- Sprinkle over the Italian cheese. Serve immediately. Buon appetito!
Allergens in BOLD & CAPITALISED:
Fresh Pasta (Durum WHEAT Semola, WHEAT Flour, EGG), Filling (Butternut Squash, Ricotta Cheese (MILK, Cream (MILK), Salt, Acidity Regulator: Lactic Acid), Speck (Pork Meat (Meat Origin: EU), Salt, Spices, Sugar, Natural Flavourings, Antioxidant: E301, Smoked Scamorza (MILK, Salt, Rennet), Onions, Butter (MILK), Grana Padano (MILK, Salt, Rennet, Preservative: EGG Lysozyme), Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper, Thyme), Rice Flour
Butter (MILK), Sage
MILK, Salt, Rennet (Microbial Coagulant), EGG Lysozyme
In addition to the recipe-specific allergen information provided, Pasta Evangelists handles all 14 allergens prescribed in legislation. Whilst we have implemented and maintain safety practices and take all reasonable precautions to prevent cross-contamination, we cannot guarantee that our products will not contain traces of these allergens.
Calories per serving: 549kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g:
- Energy 1002kJ
- Calories 241kcal
- Fat 14.1g
- Of which saturates 8.4g
- Carbohydrates 19.7g
- Of which sugars 1.5g
- Protein 9.2g
- Salt 0.7g