Sweet onion Agnolotti with pistachio sauce By: Chef Mike Lata

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Ingredients: 

For the pasta:

4 cups “00” flour
6 eggs

Filling:
1 cup Drained ricotta
2 Sweet onions minced
Salt
Nutmeg
1 tablespoon Olive oil

Pistachio cream:
1 cup Pistachios, lightly toasted
10 Sprigs fresh mint
½ cup Loosely packed parsley leaves
2 Cloves garlic
1 Small onion
fresh ground white pepper
1 quart Cream
1 tablespoons Olive oil

Instructions: 

For the Pasta:
Mix the flour and eggs together and knead until smooth and well blended. Cover with plastic film and let rest at room temp until ready to use.

For the filling:
Cook the onions over low heat until they are golden and sweet. Mix with ricotta and season with freshly grated nutmeg, salt and white pepper

For the pistachio cream:
Sweat the onion and garlic in olive over low heat until translucent.Add ¾ cup of the pistachios and the cream and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and pour the contents into a blender. Puree on high for 1 minute or until the cream is smooth and silky. Continue to blend and add the parsley and mint and puree for 1 minute more. Pour the cream into a sauce pot until ready to use.

To Finish:

Roll the pasta out to the finest setting. Cut the sheets in half lengthwise. Pipe the filling into the sheet. Brush the sheet with a little water then fold in half to encapsulate the filling in the pasta. Using your finger, make a separation in the filing every ½” then use a pasta cutter or knife to cut off the angnolotti. Place on a baking sheet covered with a kitchen towel until you are done with all the pasta.

Cook the pasta in boiling water for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Remove with a mesh strainer and place in a sauté pan. Add enough of the sauce to coat generously and warm through. Adjust the thickness of the sauté to your liking with the pasta water. Season with salt and white pepper.

Spoon the pasta onto a plate with the sauce. Garnish with Parmesan, chopped pistachio, and a couple sprigs of mint.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!