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Ravioli are popular all over Italy, stuffed with a variety of different ingredients depending on the region and the season. Wherever you are on the coast, you’ll usually find them filled with seafood, as in this recipe.

Serves 4

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Gino's Italian Coastal Escape by Gino D'Acampo

Published by Hodder & Stoughton

'I know that some of you may never visit Italy, but with these simple and delicious recipes, which were inspired by my recent trip, I can bring a little bit of Italy to you.' Just back from his epic journey along Italy's stunning west coast for the ITV series Gino's Italian Coastal Escape, everyone's favourite Italian chef reveals the wonders of one of the richest and most varied cuisines in the world. Drawing inspiration from the markets and kitchens he visited and the locals he met, Gino has brought together these authentic regional recipes for you to recreate easily at home. Many are seafood classics, such as Amalfi-style fish soup and spaghetti vongole, but there is a wide range of other savoury dishes and sumptuous desserts. In addition, Gino shares some family recipes that he enjoyed when growing up in Campania, including his mother's meatballs and father's spicy calzone. All the recipes perfectly capture the essence of Italy's beautiful coastline and will have you cooking and eating like an Italian in no time. Chapters will include: Antipasti; Pasta and Rice; Pizza; Fish; Shellfish and Seafood; Poultry and Meat; Salads, Sides and Accompaniments; Desserts.

© 2018 Gino D'Acampo / Hodder & Stoughton · Reproduced with permission. · Recipes extracted from Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape by Gino D’Acampo, published by Hodder & Stoughton out, £20. Photography by Dan Jones


  • Step 1

    First make the dough: place the flour, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolks, beaten eggs and 2 tablespoons of the oil. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, gradually mix the flour into the liquid. Once the texture is crumbly, turn out the mixture onto a well-floured surface.

  • Step 2

    Knead for about 8–10 minutes until you have a soft, smooth dough. The technique is the same as for bread: hold the dough in one hand and fold, push down and stretch the dough away from you with the other hand. Rotate and repeat. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, put the ricotta, lemon zest, prawns and chives in a large bowl and mix with a fork. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Remove the cling film from the dough, dust the dough lightly with flour and cut into 2 even-sized pieces. Roll out each piece to about 2mm thick, either using a pasta machine or a rolling pin (dust the rolling pin and work surface with flour first). Dust frequently with flour or the dough can become sticky.

  • Step 4

    Lay 1 piece of dough on a well-dusted work surface. Place a tablespoonful of the filling on the dough and repeat at 5cm intervals over half the sheet only. Lightly brush the spaces around the filling with the 2 beaten eggs. Fold over the dough to cover the filling. Press gently around each spoonful of filling to expel the air. Using a 5.5cm round ravioli stamp cutter, cut out the ravioli. Cover with a tea towel and repeat with the other piece of dough.

  • Step 5

    Cook the ravioli in a large pan of boiling, salted water for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the sage. As soon as it starts to sizzle, transfer the ravioli using a slotted spoon to the pan with the sage. Gently toss to coat. To serve, sprinkle over a little lemon zest.

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