Blanched and mixed with ricotta, beetroot leaves are great as a
stuffing for ravioli. This is our take on the classic Italian dish
tortelli di erbette.
For brushing:eggwashPasta dough300 gm (2 cups)“00” flour, plus extra for dusting3eggs2 tspolive oilBeetroot leaf filling3 bunchesbeetroot leaves with stalks200 gm (1 cup)ricotta40 gm (½ cup)finely grated ricotta salata, plus extra to serve1garlic clove, finely choppedHerb sauce80 ml (1/3 cup)extra-virgin olive oil20 gmbutter1½ cups(loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped¼ cup(loosely packed) oregano, finely chopped4anchovy fillets, finely chopped2garlic cloves, finely choppedJuiceof 1 lemon
For pasta dough, process ingredients in a food processor until crumbs form. Transfer to a work surface and knead until smooth and elastic (3-5 minutes). Wrap with plastic wrap and set aside to rest (30 minutes).
For beetroot leaf filling, blanch two-thirds of beetroot leaves in a saucepan of salted water until tender (1-2 minutes). Drain, then refresh. Drain, squeeze excess moisture from leaves, then finely chop and transfer to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine, then season to taste and set aside.
Divide pasta dough into 4, then, working with one piece at a time, feed through the rollers of a pasta machine on the widest setting, then roll and fold, reducing settings notch by notch until dough is 4mm thick, set aside. Place tablespoonfuls of beetroot leaf filling, at 2cm intervals, along half the pasta sheets. Brush around fillings with eggwash, then place remaining pasta sheets on top and press gently around each filling to seal. Cut squares of ravioli with a pastry-cutter, then transfer to a lightly floured tray and refrigerate until required. Makes about 24.
Cook ravioli in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (3-5 minutes), then drain (reserve 60ml cooking water).
Meanwhile, for herb sauce, heat extra-virgin olive oil and butter in a frying pan over low heat, add remaining ingredients (except lemon juice), cook until warmed through. Add lemon juice, reserved cooking water and ravioli and keep warm.
Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over high heat, add remaining beetroot leaves and 1 tbsp water, stir until just wilted (20-30 seconds). Serve beetroot leaf ravioli and herb sauce hot with wilted beetroot leaves scattered with extra ricotta salata.