About this recipe:Pizzoccheri is the name of a pasta with buckwheat flour and wheat flour. It is also the name of a deliciously tasting Italian dish with this pasta, green cabbage, potato, tasteful Fontina cheese and sage garlic butter. It is the perfect winter dish. In this version I have slightly adapted the traditional recipe in order to lower the fat and carb rate (less butter, less pasta, more vegetables).
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min
Wash the cabbage and remove the ugly leaves. When you use green cabbage remove the dark green leaves (these are too tough). Cut the cabbage in the length into two halves, remove the trunk, and cut it into small pieces. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes of 2/3 inch (1.5-2cm). Cut the garlic into pieces. Wash the sage leaves and cut them into strips. Cut the fontina into cubes of 0.4 inch (1cm) and grate the Parmesan cheese.
Heat water in a big cooking pan and add salt. Add the cabbage and the potatoes and let them boil for 15 minutes. Add pasta in the same cooking pan. The cooking time of the pasta can vary between 8 and 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Prepare the sage garlic butter while the vegetables and pasta cook. Fry the sage in the butter on a low fire. Add garlic after 1 minute and fry the ingredients for 5 minutes. Keep the fire low, otherwise the garlic will burn. After frying keep the mixture apart.
Pour off the vegetables and the pasta when they are ready. Let them drain in a colander.
Fill a casserole with the ingredients. The first layer consists of 1/3 of the vegetables and pasta mixture. Add pepper to taste. The second layer consists of ½ of the fontina cheese and ¼ of the Parmesan cheese. The third layer is equal to the first layer. The fourth layer is equal to the second layer. The fifth layer consists of the remains of the vegetables and pasta mixture. Now you spread the sage garlic butter over the dish. You finish with the top layer: the remains of the Parmesan cheese (50% of the original quantity).
Put the casserole in the oven and heat for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
The pizzoccheri pasta can be replaced with wholewheat tagliatelle. Please adapt the cook time.
If Fontina cheese is not available, replace it with sweet smelly cheese. The taste will be fine but not as good.
The cabbage can be wholly or partially replaced with spinach or wild spinach. Cook these vegetables for 1 minute.
The remaining 1/2 cabbage can be cut, blanched and frozen in order to you use it next time. Don't throw away the remains of your dish. This dish tastes even better next day. A perfect lunch snack!