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City Palate Recipe: Asian Rice Paper Wraps

Rice Grains and Pastas

Pasta Stuffed with Homemade Ricotta in Tomato Sauce

Sep/Oct 2008

8 c. organic whole milk
1/2 c. organic whipping cream
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
2 t. kosher salt
Cheesecloth
Lasagna pasta sheets

Sauce

2 T. olive oil and butter
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 sprigs thyme
Bay leaf
1 14 oz can tomatoes
3/4 c. chicken stock
3/4 c. white wine
Parmesan cheese to garnish

To make the ricotta, put the milk and cream in a heavy-bottomed pan and heat to 180°F. Do not allow it to come to a boil. Add the vinegar and stir gently while the mixture turns into curds, which happens almost instantly. Ladle into a strainer lined with cheesecloth and drain; allow to cool. The longer you strain the mixture the firmer the consistency of the ricotta will be. Stir the salt into the ricotta.

To make the sauce, heat olive oil and butter in a pan on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until transparent, about 10 minutes. Do not allow them to brown. Add the thyme, bay leaf, tomatoes, chicken stock and wine. Reduce by roughly half -->
Cut the pasta into 4” x 4” pieces and boil until al dente. Lay them out on a board and spoon on a generous amount of the ricotta cheese; roll up. Line the bottom of a roasting pan with a layer of sauce then top with the pasta rolls. Spoon the remaining sauce over, cover with foil and bake until the pasta is cooked through, about 45 minutes. To serve, place two rolls on a plate, put a spoonful of sauce over top and sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Serves 6.
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