Stew with Potato and Spinach Pasta Cushions

Stew with Potato and Spinach Pasta Cushions

From   Firangi Tadka

Prep: 35 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Main Course

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

A complete meal this, it is a bit laborious but the end result is well worth the effort


  • Pasta dough
  • Refined flour (maida) 2 cups
  • Egg (or 1 tbsp milk) 1
  • Olive oil 2 tbsps
  • Salt ¼ tsp
  • Stew
  • Carrots, cut into round slices 1 cup
  • Cauliflower florets 1 cup
  • Oil 2 tsps
  • Garlic, finely chopped 2 tsps
  • Onions, finely chopped 1 cup
  • Fresh celery, finely chopped 1 cup
  • Tomatoes, finely chopped 1 cup
  • Tomato puree ½ cup
  • Mixed herbs 1 tsp
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Lemon juice 1 tsp
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped 2 tbsps
  • Stuffing
  • Potatoes, boiled, peeled, mashed ½ cup
  • Spinach, blanched, drained, chopped ½ cup
  • Butter 2 tbsps
  • Salt to taste
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder ¼ tsp


  • To make the dough take refined flour in a mixing bowl, add egg, 1 tbsp olive oil and salt and mix well. Add sufficient water and knead into a dough. Cover and set aside.
  • To make stew, heat oil in a non-stick pan, add garlic, onion and celery, mix and saute on low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and mixed herbs and mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes and add sea salt and mix.
  • Add carrots and cauliflower and mix well. Add 2 cups of water and mix. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add lemon juice and parsley and mix. Set aside.
  • To make stuffing take mashed potatoes, butter, salt, nutmeg powder and spinach in a bowl and mix well. (You can add ½ cup cheese as well)
  • Dust some dry flour on the worktop, place the dough on it and roll out into a rectangular sheet. Cut into 2 long equal halves. Mark 3 inch pieces on the sheet cut. Place some spinach-potato
  • Apply some water along the edges of every piece, fold and press the edges to seal and make pasta cushions.
  • Press the edges with a fork to make a design. Place the cushions on a floured plate. (You may refrigerate these cushions and cook them just before serving as well.)
  • To cook pasta cushions, boil sufficient water in a deep non-stick pan, add 1 tbsp salt and remaining 1 tbsp oil. Add the pasta cushions and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Drain and place immediately in a bowl of cold water so that it stops cooking further.
  • Heat the stew.
  • Put pasta cushions in serving bowls and ladle hot stew on top of it. Serve hot.