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Minty Cheese Filled Pasta (Kärntner Kasnudel)

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“Another traditional dish from Austria, which is rather easy to make, even though a bit time consuming, but the effort is absolutely worth it. You can find this dish mainly in the south of Austria (I like to think it is a bit Italian-influenced) and sometimes it is the only vegetarian food (apart from salad) to find on a menu (countryside pubs and restaurants). Lucky me,that it is one of my favourites. This dish usually comes with fountains of melted, browned butter, you can either induldge or adjust, e.g. limit, the amount to your preferences :).”
READY IN:
50mins
SERVES:
4
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 550 g flour
  • 1 egg
  • 150 ml water (lukewarm)
  • salt
  • 500 g curds (or ricotta)
  • 300 g potatoes (cooked and mashed)
  • 1 tablespoon mint (fresh or dried, adjust to taste)
  • 50 -100 g butter (melted and browned)
  • 1 tablespoon french parsley (minced)
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Knead a soft pasta dough out of the first 4 ingredients, form a ball, wrap in plastic and place in fridge for about 30min.
  2. Cook potatoes for about 25-30 minutes (depending on their size) peel and mash rather thoroughly.
  3. Mix together curd, potatoes and mint (rub dried one between your fingers). Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Form ~1inch diameter balls out of the filling.
  5. Use a rolling pin or a pasta machine to flatten dough (2mm thin).
  6. Cut out (using a glass or pasta forms) medium sized pasta circles (about 1,5 - 2 inch in diameter),
  7. Place your filling in the center of your pasta circles/rounds and fold/press them together into semicircles.
  8. Seal edges using your hands or a fork. (experienced Austrian chefs "kreindel" their Kasnudeln, which means, they use a special "finger-technique" to make the pasta's edges look like gimp/border. It might look pretty, but it's very difficult. To do and for me to explain :)).
  9. Put noodels into salted, boiling water and let simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes.
  10. Either serve Kasnudel with melted, browned butter, sprinkled with minced french parsley, or fry them in a pan (butter) until lightly brown and crispy.

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