The Ferrarese are big pumpkin eaters, using the ingredient in many dishes. Cappellacci means big hats and Cappellacci di Zucca are pumpkin-filled pasta from Ferrara, where the people are known as magnazoca or pumpkin eaters. These are shaped like half moons and served in a butter and Parmesan sauce and sometimes sage leaves are added to flavor the sauce.
3 to 3 1/2 cups King Arthur™ Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
2 cups cooked squash or pumpkin from a 1 1/2 pound pie pumpkin or butternut squash
1 large egg
4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Bake the squash at 350F for 40 to 50 minutes. When cool enough to handle, scoop the squash from the rind and set aside. When completely cooled, mix in the rest of the filling ingredients.
Make the dough by hand or in a food processor.
Divide the dough into 4 pieces and work with one piece at a time. Roll each piece into a 5-inch wide strip no more than 1/16-inch thick, or use the thinnest setting on a pasta machine. Use a 3-inch square or round cookie cutter to produce individual pieces of dough. Place a heaping teaspoonful of the filling on the center of half the pieces of dough and cover with a second piece. Seal the edges with a fork.
Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and cook the cappellacci in batches until al dente. Scoop the cooked pasta onto a platter and pour the sauce over each layer.
Note: You may use tomato sauce instead of the butter sauce.
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