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Rotolo is definitely one of the more unusual pasta dishes that you’ll see. The way I’ve prepared mine means it kind of feels like eating a lasagne or a cannelloni, but it looks really pretty and you get the gnarly crispy bits of pasta on the top, complemented by the softer pasta hiding underneath the sauce.
Serves 4 to 6
430 calories per serving
Total time: 2 hours 20 minutes
1 butternut squash, roughly 1.2kg (2lb 12oz)
1 red onion
1tsp dried thyme
500g (1lb 2oz) frozen spinach
1 whole nutmeg, for grating
4 cloves of garlic
1 x 700ml jar of passata
6 large fresh pasta sheets (roughly 15cm x 20cm/6in x 8in each)
50g (1¾oz) feta cheese
20g (¾oz) Parmesan cheese
Optional: fresh sage
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Cook the squash whole on a roasting tray for around 1 hour 30 minutes, then remove from the oven. Meanwhile, peel and roughly chop the onion, put it into a medium pan on a medium-low heat with a lug of oil, the thyme and a pinch of salt and pepper, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the frozen spinach, cover with a lid and allow to slowly cook for another 15 minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated, then remove from the heat.
Cut the squash in half, discard the seeds and skin, then mash up with a fork. Keeping them separate, season both the squash and spinach to perfection with salt, pepper and a grating of nutmeg.
Peel and finely slice the garlic cloves, then put them into a shallow 28cm (11in) casserole pan on a medium heat with a splash of oil and fry for a couple of minutes, or until lightly golden. Pour in the tomato passata, then add a splash of water to the empty jar, swirl it around and pour it into the pan. Bring the mixture to the boil, simmer for just 3 minutes, then season to perfection.
On a clean work surface, lay out the pasta sheets facing lengthways away from you. Working quickly so that your pasta doesn’t dry out, brush them with water, then evenly divide and spread the squash over the sheets (see picture 1 below). Sprinkle over the cooked spinach and crumble over the feta (2). Roll up the sheets (3) and cut each into four chunks (4), then place side by side in the tomato sauce.
Finely grate over the Parmesan, then pick the sage leaves (if using), toss in a little oil and scatter over the top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes at the bottom of the oven until golden and crisp. Delicious served with a fresh green salad.
How to roll your rotolo