Lunchbreak: 312 Chicago chef Luca Corazzina makes strongolapreti

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Luca Corazzina

312 Chicago
136 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago
(312) 696-2420
www.312chicago.com

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Strongolapreti

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs Rustic Bread (one day old bread, cut in small dices)
10 oz fresh spinach (blanched & chopped)
2 cups milk (enough to slightly cove the bread)
1 Tablespoon salt
1 egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup yellow onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cup flour

Directions:
Start by cutting the bread into ¼ inch squares and put it in a bowl with milk. You want to make sure that the milk is just enough to cover the bread. Add the whole egg, cheese, onion, spinach and salt. Work the dough until nice and firm. If the dough is too wet, add more bread. Don’t add more flour otherwise the pasta will be too hard. Sprinkle flour on a cutting board and place the dough on top. Roll baseball-sized balls of dough into ¾ inch diameter dowels and cut dowels into 1 inch long pieces while adding a touch more flour so the dumplings will not stick to each other.  Drop these pieces into boiling water with salt and cook until they float (about 1 minute). As strongolapreti float to top of boiling water, remove them from the sauce pan. You can add whatever sauce you would like. I prefer to brown butter and sage in a pan and top with parmesan.