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February 21, 2014updated 01 Feb 2016 10:45am

Guest Recipe: Sam Williams' Pumpkin Tortelli

By Spear's

The head chef of Cafe Murano gives her tantalisingly tasty and wholesome tortelli recipe – the ultimate treat for pasta lovers


5-6 large eggs, preferably Italian

600g ’00’ pasta flour


Extra Virgin Olive Oil

500g punpkin (rind on)

1 white onion

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50g grated parmesan

1 mustard pear, chopped (optional)

4 amaretti biscuits, chopped

100g butter


For the dough

1. Combine the flour with a pinch of salt in a food mixer

2. Whisk the eggs with a squirt of olive oil and add slowly to the flour and salt in a mixer

3. Once the mixture is sticking to the side of the bowl, the dough should be ready to knead.

4. Turn the dough on to a well-floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes, or until smooth.

5. Cover with cling film and let rest in the fridge for at least one hour.


1. Season the pumpkin wedges with salt, sugar and pepper.

2. Wrap in tin foil and bake in a medium oven for 45 minutes, or until the flesh is cooked through.

3. Remove the tin foil and scrape the flesh from the rind.

4. Place the pumpkin flesh in a muslin bag and hang over a bowl and allow to drain for at least 5 minutes (you can do this overnight in the fridge if you have time).

5. Finely slice the white onion and sweat in a pan. Once soft, add the drained pumpkin flesh and cook off any remaining water.

6. Season well and press through a passoire or a fine sieve. Leave to cool.

7. Once cool, add half the amaretti biscuits, parmesan, and mustard pear if using. Season to taste.

8. Roll out the dough and make the tortelli.

9. Blanche them in boiling salted water for 30 seconds, then plunge into iced water.

10. Melt the butter in a pan and cook until bubbling and just beginning to brown, season with salt and add the chopped sage.

11. Re-boil the tortelli for 4 minutes in well salted water.

12. Drain and add to the browned butter and turn gently to coat.

13. Transfer to warmed plates and finish with the remaining amaretti biscuits.

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