Tagliatelle with Lamb
For the the tagliatelle:
300gr (2 cups 1/4) "00" soft wheat flour
3 fresh large size eggs
2 spoons olive oil
1 tsp salt
For the lamb:
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
For the sauce:
50gr butter, unsalted
1/2 yellow or white onion, chopped
50gr heavy cream
1 tbsp dill
1 tbsp flour
For the pasta:
- Put the flour on a marble/wooden work surface at least
60x60cm. Make a well in the middle of the flour. Crack the
eggs into it and add olive oil & salt.
- With a fork, lightly whisk the eggs while gathering flour
from the wall of the well gradually.
- When the mixture gets too thick or clumped to continue with
the fork, continue with your hands and begin to kneed. Kneed
for 10 minutes.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap tighly (twist it) and make it
rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes. You can
then optionally place the dough in the refridgerator until
- Take the dough out of the fridge and split it into 3 parts
with a large knife. Take one and make it circular by hand,
put some flour on the work surface, and roll it out as
thinly as possible (3mm) using a rolling pin. (You should be
able to "read a newspaper" through it).
- Sprinkle the surface with a bit of flour to avoid sticking,
then gently roll it up into a loose stack upon itself so you
can cut the full length with a single knife slice. Trim the
edges and cut into 1cm thin strips lengthwise (5mm for
tagliolini or 2cm for pappardelle).
- Unravel the cut pasta and sprinkle with a bit more flour to
prevent sticking. This pasta is ready to cook in boiling
water with salt. Fresh pasta will typically cook in 2-4
minutes, unlike dried pasta.
For the lamb & sauce:
- Season the lamb with the salt & pepper and bake it in the
oven or on the stove top until it reaches 140°F internal
temperature. Trim fat and cut into small pieces.
- In a small skillet (use the lamb skillet if you cooked it on
the stovetop), melt the butter over medium heat.
- When the butter begins to simmer, add the onion and cook
until soft but do not brown.
- Add the heavy cream to the skillet slowly, stirring to mix
with the onion and butter.
- Separate a small bit of the liquid from the pan and mix it
with the tbsp of flour to thicken it. When well blended, add
it back to the pan and stir.
- Add the dill to the mixture and fold in. Let it rest in the
heat for a few minutes before mixing with the pasta.
- Mix pasta with lamb & sauce and serve.