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pea comte cheese ravioli

pea and comte ravioli with saffron butter


For the pea puree:

  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 100 g vegetable stock
  • 200 g frozen Bird's Eye peas
  • 50 g unsalted butter

For the pasta dough:

  • 200 g 00 flour
  • 50 g fine semolina flour
  • 2 whole eggs and 1 yolk

For the ravioli:

  • 100 g diced Comte cheese

For the saffron butter:

  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 8 saffron threads
  • 20 ml white wine vinegar
  • 100 g unsalted butter chilled


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and sweat the garlic and onion until soft. Add the stock, bring to the boil, add the peas, bring back to the boil, and simmer for 45 seconds. Remove from the heat. Strain the peas reserving the cooking liquid. Place the pea mixture in a blender and blitz to a puree consistency, adding reserved liquid if need be. When smooth, chuck the butter in too, then strain through a sieve. Season to taste and reserve in a piping bag in the fridge. It should be quite firm when cold.
  • Place the flour and semolina in a bowl using a fork bring in the eggs until the dough begins to come together. Continue kneading until smooth and elastic. Shape the dough into a rectangle and wrap in clingfilm. Place in the fridge and allow to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  • After resting, roll the pasta into as fine sheets as possible and cut into discs measuring 6-8 cm using a pastry cutter.
  • Pipe a small amount of the cold pea puree in the centre and top with a cube of Comte. Lightly moisten the edges of the dough with water, fold the dough over into a half circle, pressing down the edges. Place them on a tray covered with flour, cover with cling film in the fridge for up to 3 hours.
  • Place the onion and vinegar in a frying pan. Add a splash of water and bring to the boil. Boil until the liquid is reduced by half and add the saffron and peas. Fry for one minute.
  • Cut the butter into chunks. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting.
  • Toss in a piece of butter and stir in briskly. Continue adding the butter, one piece at a time, stirring to melt each piece before adding the next.
  • Add the ravioli to the saucepan. After one minute they should float to the top. Use a slotted spoon to remove them from the saucepan to the frying pan - don't be too diligent on the draining, let a little cooking water spill into the butter. Once all the ravioli are in the sauce, crank the heat back up and baste the pasta in the butter. After one minute serve with freshly grated Comte.