Hand-rolled pappardelle with lemon, garden peas, pea & basil pesto

Sat, Jul 30, 2016, 04:00

  • Serves: 6
  • Cooking Time: 60 mins
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serves six
  • 400g typo 00 pasta flour
  • 100g semolina
  • 8 large free range egg yolks
  • 4 duck egg yolks
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp water
  • Pea and basil pesto:
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 2 pinches ground white pepper
  • 1 bunch freshly picked basil leaves
  • 50g toasted pine nuts
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50g blanched, shelled and pureed garden peas
  • 100g aged Parmesan (50g grated finely and 50g shaved and set aside)
  • Sauce:
  • 600ml cream
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • 100g toasted pine nuts
  • 220g blanched garden peas
  • 120g shaved Parmesan


Mix the 00 flour and semolina together in a bowl. Pour on to a clean work surface and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs and water and work into the mix with stiff fingers. Continue until it comes together. Knead for five to seven minutes until the dough is smooth and well worked (you may need to add little sprinkles of 00 flour as you go). Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for at least an hour.

Remove the dough and cut in half. Press out each half so they’re slightly oval in shape and thin enough to start a cycle through the pasta roller. Start on the highest setting and pass the dough through. After each run through, knock it down a notch and repeat until you reach the last and thinnest setting. Turn the dough 90 degrees and repeat.

Repeat with the other dough ball. Roll the sheet of dough into a spiral roulade. Using a knife, slice it an inch thick and unravel the long lines of pappardelle. Hang to dry over a rolling pin for 45 minutes. Weigh out 6 x 125g portions.

For the pea pesto, blend everything in a food processor and adjust the seasoning. Place a pot of water on to boil and add a large handful of salt. In two heavy-based pans, add 300ml of cream and the juice of a lemon to each. Bring to the boil and add a tablespoon of pea and basil pesto.

Once the water is boiling, drop in the pasta batch by batch for three to five minutes or until you reach that perfect al dente stage. Strain and split the pasta between both pans with the sauce in them. Reduce until you get a coating consistency then taste and adjust the seasoning. Divide the peas between both pans. Toss the sauce well and remove once you reach the desired consistency. Divide the contents of each pan between three bowls and top with shaved Parmesan and toasted pine nuts.