This pasta dish highlights food from both Eastern and Western origins: spicy Szechuan from China and chunky tomato Pomodoro sauce—the lifeblood of Italian cuisine. Aside from the dramatic pop of colour, the black squid ink gives the pasta an added flavour that is rich and briny.
Squid Ink Pasta Dough:
250 g flour
20 ml milk
1 tbsp olive oil
Squid Ink Base, mixed well:
125 g egg yolk
1 whole egg
10 g garlic
30 g onion
2 tbsp oil
150 g Knorr Tomato Pronto
30 g olive oil
20 g fresh mixed herbs (oregano, basil and parsley)
3 g salt
1 g pepper
Pinch of sugar
Szechuan Grill Chicken Filling:
300 g boneless chicken leg
10 g Szechuan peppercorns
5 g black pepper
5 g fresh ginger, grated
3 g garlic, minced
15 g sesame oil
5 g salt
Vegetable oil, for grilling
150 g hoisin sauce
1. Squid Ink Pasta Dough: Combine flour and squid ink mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit the paddle attachment, then mix briefly until combined.
2. Mix the eggs together. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and pour in the egg mixture. Set mixer to low speed and blend until combined. Remove paddle and attach dough hook. Knead on low speed for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the dough is firm.
3. Shape the dough into a ball, then flatten. Wrap tightly in a plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 4 to 5 hours.
4. Pomodoro Sauce: In a saucepan, sauté the garlic and onions in oil for 2 minutes over medium heat. Add the Knorr Tomato Pronto and herbs, then continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft. Season with salt, pepper and pinch of sugar.
5. Szechuan Grill Chicken Filling: In a small skillet, toast the Szechuan and black pepper until fragrant for about 1 minute, then let it cool. Grind the peppercorns, and transfer to a bowl. Mix it with salt, ginger, garlic and sesame oil until becomes a paste. Spread half of the paste on the chicken meat, then rub the remaining paste all over the skin.
6. Sprinkle the grill pan with oil. Set the chicken on the grill pan, skin side down. Grill on each side about 6 minutes, or until cooked. Dice the chicken, then mix with hoisin sauce. Set aside.
7. Pasta Dough: Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Take one piece and lightly dust with flour, while rolling and folding the dough with a rolling pin. Repeat this once or twice more, or until the dough is smooth.
8. Once the dough is smooth, stop folding, then start rolling with the pasta machine until the desired thinness is achieved. Dust the sheet of pasta with flour occasionally.
9. Lay the pasta sheet flat to make the ravioli. Brush the top surface of the dough with egg wash. Place 1 tbsp of Szechuan Grilled Chicken Filling about 5 cm apart on half of the pasta sheet.
10. Cover with another pasta sheet. Using your fingers, gently press out any air pockets around each mound of filling and form a seal. Use a ring cutter to cut each pillow into a round shape. Check to make sure the crimped edges are well-sealed before cooking. When making ravioli in advanced, dust with cornmeal to prevent them from sticking to each other.
11. Add salt to water, bring to a boil, then add the ravioli. Let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until it floats to the top. Lift the ravioli from water with a large strainer or slotted spoon. Plate the pasta and serve with Pomodoro Sauce.
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