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Author Notes: Malfatti, also known as naked ravioli, is a type of pasta which literally means "badly made" in Italian. It's similar to a gnocchi but with a much lighter consistency.
These malfatti are not only gluten free, but have an amazing color for presentation. The lemon sauce is a great combination to tone down the earthy beet taste a bit, and balance the dish perfectly. —nicole
- 200 grams Ricotta cheese
- 50 grams Parmesan cheese
- 200 grams cornstarch
- 1 piece egg
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- Bring water to a boil and add the beets (no stem or leaves). Let them cook for about 25minutes, strain, and remove the skin.
- Cut the beets into pieces and put them in a food processor, along with the ricotta cheese, parmesan and egg yolk.
- Put the mixture into a bowl and add 150 grams of the cornstarch. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- n a separate bowl beat the egg white until it becomes stiff and fold it into the mix. You'll see that it doesn't become a dough, but remains sticky. That's how it is supposed to be, don't worry! If you add any more cornstarch, they'll come out chewy and firm.
- Dust the remaining cornstarch over a clean surface and put water to boil. With a tablespoon grab small amounts of the mixture, drop over the flour and roll so that they dont stick to your fingers. They should be shaped into logs.
- Once you have finished forming them, put them in the boiling water. With a slotted spoon or skimmer remove the ones that begin to float.
Truffled lemon butter sauce
- 1 piece onion
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 piece lemon
- 100 grams butter
- 1 tablespoon rosemary
- 1 splash truffle oil
- 1 dash olive oil
- Start off by mincing the onion and sautéing it in a pan with some olive oil. Don't let it get too golden or burnt. After a few minutes add the butter, rosemary, garlic powder, and lemon juice. Optional: add a little white wine or more butter if desired.
- Cook for about 20 minutes and serve over the beet malfatti with a dash of truffle oil. Put a little parmesan on top and brulée it for an extra touch!