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TN&M in the Kitchen: Chestnut Flour Maltagliati

By: Jasmine Boni-Ball Writer & Journalist | Specialist Fashion & Travel

INTRO TEXT

Chestnut Flour Maltagliati

Serves 4 - Cook in 1 1/2 hour  

Ingredients

- 150g chestnut flour 

- 150g semolina flour 

- 250g ‘00’ flour (or all purpose flour) 

- 5 eggs

- 2 egg yolks

- Salt 

Preparation

Step 1

Mix the chestnut, semolina and all purpose flour. Place the mixed flours in the middle of a work surface and create a “well” in the centre. Add the eggs and salt to the well, gradually begin to mix the flour and liquid ingredients, drawing the flour from the inside walls of the well. You can begin doing this with a fork, but eventually, once the dough becomes thicker, it is best to use your hands to work the dough.

Step 2

Work the dough for 15-20 minutes until the mixture is fully combined and forms a ball. Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to rest for half an hour at room temperature. On a floured surface, divide the pasta into three parts. Roll out each part to form a thin rectangle: the thickness should be 1.5mm so that when you lift the dough you can see the shadow of your palm below. (N.B. If using a pasta machine, pull the dough to it’s thinnest extent). Flour with semolina if necessary.

Step 3

Using a sharp knife or pasta cutter, begin to make a series of diagonal cuts to the sheets of pasta. Cut parallel to each other and then make the same diagonal cuts going the other way. You should end up with triangles and trapezoids — don’t worry about them being irregular, they are called maltagliati (“badly cut”) for a reason! Place on a lightly floured surface and sprinkle with semolina until ready to be cooked. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, immerse the pasta and cook for 1-2 minutes. Drain and serve with the sauce of your choice. Buon Appetito!

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