Pumpkin Wonton tortellini and porcini soup
We are about to treat you with a fun secret – for this recipe you do not have to make pasta, as easy as making pasta is, it is a bore if you don’t have a machine to help you. So instead we use wonton wrappers – pre-made into the perfect little rounds, cheap and available from Asian stores. We always buy a few packets and keep them in the freezer so always have to hand (whilst you are there stock up on fresh lime leaves and curry leaves, as you can keep these in your freezer too). This makes the tortellini very easy, yet still impressive to serve. The little parcels are rich and creamy and scented with autumnal spice, we are not doing anything radical here, they are a well known match, the sweetness of the pumpkin or squash works perfectly with the warming spice. We have then added our new find to the parcel – Smoked ricotta. Our eyes were out on stalks when we first saw it, you can get it from Natoora, and the super handy thing is that Natoora products are available online from Ocado, as well as many other grocery stores across London. We are big fans of Natoora, the original online farmers market, their produce is superb but it does come at a cost. They are worth checking out, we love their Speck (a smoked, cured ham) and their homemade pastas are great and make life easier! The smoked ricotta is such a fun addition, but if you can’t get hold of it then we would suggest gorgonzola or goats cheese would work equally as well. We often serve this as is - just with some melted butter and crispy sage leaves, the addition of toasted hazelnuts is also very welcome. When coming up with a Halloween menu we liked the idea of serving our spiced pumpkin raviolis in a scary dark broth, keeping it simple we decided to go for the earthy flavours of dried porcini which is a good balance with the sweet little parcels. If you are carving pumpkins this Halloween you could use the insides for this recipe, just roast it in the oven for the filling of the wontons. For the table decoration use a dark table cloth and dark linen napkins (habitat do a few options) and eat by candle light for the full effect. Ikea do a selection of traditional black metal candle sticks which come in a set at different heights which are perfect for elegant suppers, fun to go all out with black candles!