Borlotti bean tortellini with guanciale broth

Borlotti bean tortellini with guanciale broth

These delicate little borlotti bean tortellini are served in a rich guanciale broth made by infusing guanciale into chicken stock. The tortellini are very simple - simply filled with puréed borlotti beans - and they pair beautifully with the fragrant stock.
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  1. Step 1

    Put the dried beans in a bowl and cover with water. Allow to soak for a minimum of 4 hours
  2. Step 2

    To make the pasta dough, put all the ingredients in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, then remove from the bowl and knead on the workbench into a bowl
  3. Step 3

    Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for 2 hours to rest
  4. Step 4

    Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
  5. Step 5

    Roast the chicken bones in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown
  6. Step 6

    Transfer the roasted bones to a pan and cover with water. Bring the pan up to the boil and skim off any scum. Once at the boil, add the veg and cook for 2 hours
  7. Step 7

    Put the soaked beans, stock, salt, thyme and rosemary in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer the beans for 45 minutes or until they are soft
  8. Step 8

    Once cooked, drain the beans, reserving the liquid. Set aside a few of the beans for garnishing, and add the rest of the beans to a blender. Blend up the beans with just enough bean stock to form a smooth purée. Set aside
  9. Step 9

    After the chicken stock has cooked for 2 hours, strain it through a chinois. Return the strained stock to a pan and add the guanciale. Simmer until the stock until it has reduced by half, then strain through a fine chinois
  10. Step 10

    Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7
  11. Step 11

    Line an oven tray with parchment paper. Place the slices of guanciale on the tray, and top with another piece of parchment paper. Place an oven tray over the top. Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until crisp. Cut into small, even pieces and set aside for garnishing the dish
  12. Step 12

    Roll the pasta out in a pasta machine, starting from the thickest setting. Gradually work down the thicknesses until you reach either number 1 on the machine or until the pasta reaches 2mm in thickness. 
  13. Step 13

    Cut the pasta into discs, 5 pieces at a time, using a 50mm round cutter on a lightly floured surface. Brush the circles of pasta with the beaten egg. Pipe 10g of bean purée in the middle of each circle of pasta
  14. Step 14

    Brush the edges of the tortellini with more beaten egg if necessary. Fold the pasta disc in half to make a semi circle, pressing the edges down firmly and squeezing out any trapped air. Take the bottom corners and fold them around your index finger so that they meet. Squeeze the corners together so that they bind. Store in a container generously dusted with semolina, and repeat with the rest of the tortellini
  15. Step 15

    Warm up enough guanciale broth to have 150ml per serving
  16. Step 16

    Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, and add the tortellini. Blanch them for 1 minutes 30 seconds, and then remove. Take out with a slotted spoon, and add them to the broth. Check the seasoning
  17. Step 17

    Place a spoonful of tortellini in each bowl and top with 150ml warm broth. Finish with a few drops of olive oil, some of the reserved borlotti beans, chives, pieces of guanciale and serve