Don’t think that pizzoccheri (peet-zo-key-AIR-ee) has anything to do with pizza. Pizzoccheri is a hearty flat buckwheat noodle found in the Lombardy region. Valtellina is one of the north-most points of Lombardy, near the Swiss border. I’ll bet pizzoccheri is a popular dish at the end of a day’s skiing.–The Silver Spoon Kitchen
LC Got Cheese? Note
Although this recipe generically calls for “low-fat cheese,” the authors aren’t referring to that bland, rubbery stuff labeled “lite” and found on supermarket shelves. What they mean is relatively less rich cheeses. You know, like fontina as opposed to brie, if that makes any sense. We’re told, according to the editors, that “fontina is most often used in combination with Parmesan for this sauce.” Do as you will with that information. Our work here is done.
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Sift together both flours and a pinch of salt into a mound on the counter and make a well in the center. Add the egg, 1 tablespoon warm water, and the milk and gradually incorporate the flour with your fingers, adding more warm water if necessary. Knead until smooth.
Roll in a damp dish towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
Put the cabbage and potato into a pan, add water to cover, and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes until the cabbage is tender and the potato is almost disintegrating.
Divide the butter between three small pans and cook the onion, garlic, and sage in the separate pans until soft and golden brown.
Roll out the pasta dough into a fairly thick sheet on a lightly floured counter and cut into 1/2-inch wide ribbons about 8 inches long.
Add the pizzoccheri to the pan of cabbage and potato, cook for 5 minutes, then drain, and transfer the mixture to a large dish. Pour the three hot butters over the mixture and toss lightly.
Arrange a layer of pizzoccheri-vegetable mixture on the base of a soup tureen, place a layer of cheese slices on top, and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Continue making alternating layers until all the ingredients are used. Serve hot.
Valtellina Pizzoccheri Recipe © 2009 The Silver Spoon Kitchen. Photo © 2009 Edward Park. All rights reserved. All materials used with permission.