Farfalle with Gorgonzola fonduta, zucchini, basil and toasted nuts

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 people

No time to make the farfalle? No problem. Choose a dried pasta with a rough,  almost dusty-looking surface to better hold the sauce.

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 zucchini, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 4 zucchini flowers, baby zucchini thinly sliced and flowers torn, stamens discarded
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped roasted pistachio nuts
  • Basil, torn, to serve
  • Finely grated parmesan, to serve
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  • Semolina pasta dough
  • 300 gm (2 cups) “00” flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75 gm (½ cup) semolina
  • 4 eggs
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  • Gorgonzola fonduta
  • 200 ml milk
  • 300 gm Gorgonzola dolcelatte, crumbled
01   For pasta dough, process ingredients and a pinch of salt in a food processor until a dough forms. Add a couple of teaspoons of water if necessary to bring it together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth (2-3 minutes). Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rest for 30-40 minutes.
02   Divide pasta dough into 6 and, working with a piece at a time (keep remaining covered), roll through a pasta machine on the widest setting a few times, folding as you go, to laminate the dough, then dust with a little flour to prevent sticking. Continue rolling and folding, reducing settings notch by notch until pasta is a long thin sheet. Cut sheet lengthways into 3 strips about 2.5cm wide, then cut strips into 5cm pieces. Pinch each piece in the middle to form a bow and set aside on a lightly floured tray. Repeat with remaining pasta dough.
03   For Gorgonzola fonduta, bring milk to the boil, then stir in Gorgonzola until melted (1-2 minutes). Blend with a hand-held blender until smooth, season to taste and keep warm.
04   Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Add sliced zucchini, including baby zucchini, and fry until golden (2-4 minutes).
05   Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (3-4 minutes). Drain, reserving some pasta water. Add pasta and 1 tbsp reserved water to zucchini. Serve topped with fonduta, zucchini flowers, nuts, basil and parmesan.

Topics:

BASIL, MAIN, ZUCCHINI, SPRING, ITALIAN, PASTA, GORGONZOLA

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY

Photography:

BEN DEARNLEY

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY AND GERALDINE MUÑOZ

Drinking Suggestion:

ORANGE SKIN-CONTACT MALVASIA , suggested by MAX ALLEN

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Oct 2017

Oct 2017

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