Sweet Pea Agnolotti with Poached Shrimp and Basil

  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 2 hr 10 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 1 hr 40 min
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Ingredients

Pasta Dough:

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting

Kosher salt

9 large egg yolks plus 1 whole egg

Olive oil

Pea Filling, recipe follows

Cornmeal, for dusting 

To serve:

Shrimp Sauce, recipe follows

Fresh Opal basil buds and flowers 

Black pepper 

Grated Parmesan

Snow peas, cut into chiffonade 

Basil Oil, recipe follows

Pea Filling:

2 cups frozen peas

1 cup ricotta cheese 

Olive oil, for drizzling 

Kosher salt 

Shrimp Sauce:

1 onion, sliced

1 clove garlic 

2 big pieces lemon peel 

1 bunch fresh thyme 

1/2 bulb fennel, sliced 

1 pound large shrimp (31/35 count), peeled, deveined and halved lengthwise, shells reserved

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 

1 cup white wine 

2 cups heavy cream 

Basil Oil:

1 bunch fresh basil, leaves picked from stems

1/4 cup canola oil 

Pinch salt 

Directions

Special equipment:
a pasta machine

To serve:

  1. For the pasta dough: In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, and continue to mix. Drizzle in 1 tablespoon olive oil and continue to incorporate all the flour until it forms a ball.
  2. Sprinkle some flour on a work surface, then turn the dough out onto the work surface. Knead and fold the dough until elastic and smooth, about 10 minutes. Brush the surface with some olive oil and wrap in plastic wrap; let rest for about 30 minutes to allow the gluten to relax.
  3. Cut the ball of dough in half; cover and reserve the piece you are not immediately using to prevent it from drying out. Dust the counter and dough with a little flour. Press the dough into a rectangle and roll it through a pasta machine two or three times with rollers set on the widest setting, pulling and stretching the sheet of dough with the palm of your hand as it emerges from the rollers.
  4. Narrow the setting and crank the dough through again two or three times. Continue narrowing until the machine is at the narrowest setting; the dough should be paper-thin, about 1/8-inch thick (you should be able to see your hand through it). Dust the sheets of dough with flour as needed and continue to roll out the rest of the dough.
  5. Beat the whole egg with 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Dust the counter and a sheet of dough with flour, and lay out the long sheet of pasta on the counter. Brush the top with the egg wash, which acts as a glue. Drop tablespoons of the pea filling on half of the pasta sheet, about 2 inches apart. Fold the other half over the filling like a blanket. With an espresso cup or fingers, gently press out air pockets around each mound of filling. Use a sharp knife to cut each pillow into half-moons, and crimp the edges with the tines of a fork to make a tight seal. Dust the agnolotti and a sheet pan with cornmeal to prevent sticking, then lay the agnolotti out on the sheet pan to dry slightly while assembling the rest.
  6. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the agnolotti until they float to the top, about 4 minutes. Lift the agnolotti from water with a large strainer or slotted spoon.
  7. To serve: Place agnolotti on a plate and pour shrimp sauce over them. Garnish with Opal basil buds and flowers and some black pepper, Parmesan, snow peas and a drizzle of basil oil.

Pea Filling:

  1. Combine the peas, ricotta, olive oil and some salt in a food processor and pulse together until well combined. Set aside.

Shrimp Sauce:

  1. Sweat the onions, garlic, lemon peels, thyme, fennel and shrimp shells in the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, 5 minutes. Add wine and continue to cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Strain through a colander into a pot and add the cream. Bring to a boil and keep cooking until reduced by half, about 3 minutes, then lower the heat and add the shrimp. Cook until the shrimp are just pink, being careful to not overcook. then turn off the heat.
  2. Set aside and keep warm.

Basil Oil:

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and prepare a large bowl of ice water. Add the basil and cook for less than 1 minute. Take out the basil and place into the ice bath.
  2. Combine the blanched basil, canola oil and salt in a blender; blend on high until smooth. Transfer to a squeeze bottle.

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