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Smoked Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta with Lemon Dill Butter

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Smoked Salmon Mousse ravioli -like filled pasta served with lemon dill butter – it certainly can’t get much better. The final result is a restaurant-quality delicate but extremely tasty plate of Smoked Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta drizzled with lemon dill butter. It’s a show stopper!

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Mezzalune Pasta on a white striped plate.

My First Experience with Mezzaluna Pasta

My most vivid memory of Mezzaluna pasta is from a restaurant in Malta. We’ve only spent two days there, but I can honestly say that Valetta is the No1 on the list of the most beautiful European capitals. Apart from the memories of beautiful nature, architecture and warm people, I have one very specific Mezzaluna pasta related memory.

It was the first time I had to (absolutely had to) leave food on my plate. Let me back up a little. I was brought up with a very strong rule of finishing everything on my plate. There was no wasting of food in my family and well.. no leftovers either. You simple ate what was served. And whilst it may not be the best rule to follow in terms of weight management, it is now ingrained in my behaviour. After all, I plate my own food most of the time, so I got pretty good at getting it just right.

Back to Malta! I ordered prosciutto mezzaluna with cream and fig sauce (sounds intriguing, right?). It was divine! The only issue was that I got served a portion that could have easily served six (and that’s not at all an exaggeration!). Here I was, with a plate the size of my mixing bowl, full of mezzaluna swimming in cream and fig sauce. I felt sooo bad when the waiter asked me if I didn’t like it when he saw about half of it still on my plate…

What is Mezzaluna Pasta?

Half-moon shaped filled pasta is native to Tyrol. Similarly to ravioli, mezzalune are filled with both vegetarian or meaty fillings and served with a variety of sauces including pesto, tomato or butter sauce. To make Mezzaluna Pasta shape, cut rounds of thinly rolled out pasta dough. Pipe/ spoon the filling in the centre. Fold the dough over to create a half-circle and seal the edge with your fingers. Finally, press the edge down with the fork to create indents.

Read more about Filled Pasta and various different shapes and types of dough that you can make at home here.

Tonight I’m sharing my recipe for Smoked Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta with Lemony Dill Butter Sauce. The portions won’t be as big as in Malta, but good things often come in smaller quantities. These Mezzaluna (similar to smoked salmon ravioli) are really rather rich and filling, so you don’t need too much anyway.

Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta served on a large white striped plate with red rim, all drizzled with lemon dill butter sauce.

Ingredients

Seven ingredients – that’s all you need to make a restaurant-quality smoked salmon filled pasta!

  • 00 flour: 00 flour is perfect for pasta, but if you have to, substitute it with strong white bread flour. Alternatively, you can make Pasta Bianca (made with semolina and water only) as an eggless option.
  • eggs: we used two medium eggs (UK), or two large eggs (US) for 200g of flour.
  • smoked salmon: this recipe uses cold smoked salmon, but hot-smoked salmon should work well too.
  • cream cheese: also known as soft cheese, like Philadelphia. You may use ricotta in this recipe too.
  • dill (fresh or frozen): will be used in the smoked salmon pasta filling as well as in sauce.
  • lemon: choose a fresh juicy lemon.
  • butter: unsalted, as the salmon in this recipe adds enough salt already.
Ingredients for Smoked Salmon Pasta on a white surface.

Method

Pasta Dough

Place the 00 flour onto a kitchen surface and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into it and gradually mix with your hands. Knead the dough until the dough is soft, elastic and pliable. This will take about 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry, add a tbsp of water. If it’s too wet and sticky, add a bit of flour. Wrap a ball of dough in clingfilm and leave the pasta to rest for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.

Smoked Salmon Filling for Pasta

In the meantime, make the filling. Place the smoked salmon and cream cheese in a food processor (we love Kenwood) and whizz until combined. Stir in 2 tbsp of the dill and half the lemon juice. Season with black pepper (no salt needed, as smoked salmon is quite salty itself).

Filling The Pasta

Divide the pasta dough into 4. Using a pasta machine (we use Mercato Atlas) One piece at a time (keeping other pieces wrapped to avoid drying out) roll out the pasta into a long thin strip about 1mm in thickness. Cut the strip in half to make it more manageable. Using an atomiser, spray the dough with water very lightly to prevent the dough from drying out.

Using a round cookie cutter, a pastry ring or a round ravioli stamp, cut rounds of pasta dough out. We used 7.6cm pastry rings and got 36 rounds which was just enough to use up all the filling.

Spoon/ pipe teaspoons (or tablespoons if you’re making very large Mezzaluna) of the salmon filling onto each round. Fold the dough over to create half circles and seal the edge with your fingers. Try and squeeze out any air bubbles and press down to seal.

Mezzalune pasta shaped and resting on a floured wooden chopping board.

Bring a large pan of water to a boil. Drop the Mezzaluna into the water and cook for approx two minutes after they float to the top (it may take less or more time depending on how thinly you rolled out your pasta). Drain.

Lemon Dill Butter Sauce

Melt the butter in a small saucepan, and add the remaining half of the lemon juice and the dill. Season (don’t add too much salt though) and spoon over the Smoked Salmon Mezzaluna.

Smoked salmon ravioli (mezaluna) on a blue plate with lemon dill butter and a garnish of a lemon slice.

What To Serve With Smoked Salmon Pasta?

For a true homemade pasta feast, enhance this mezzalune pasta recipe with some delicious side dishes. Don’t go crazy with the flavours through, as they may overshadow the star of the dish – smoked salmon filling. We recommend trying some of the following to pair with this smoked salmon ravioli style pasta:

Other Homemade Pasta Recipes

Did you enjoy our Smoked Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta? If you’d like to read more about filled pasta and the various shapes you can make, here’s our article: Filled Pasta Basics: How to Make Ravioli, Tortelloni, Agnielotti etc?. For other filled pasta ideas, have a look at some of our favourites below:

Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta served with lemon dill butter with a set of cutlery on the side.

Smoked Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta with Lemon Dill Butter

Smoked Salmon Mousse filled pasta served with lemon dill butter – it certainly can't get much better. The final result is a delicate but extremely tasty plate of Smoked Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta drizzled with lemon dill butter. It’s a show stopper.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Chilling Time: 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3 portions
Calories 672 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Pasta Dough:

For the Filling:

  • 120 g smoked salmon
  • 150 g cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp dill (fresh or frozen) finely chopped

For the Butter Sauce:

  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 25 g butter
  • 1 tbsp dill (fresh or frozen) finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Place the flour onto a kitchen surface and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into it and gradually mix with your hands. Knead the dough until the dough is soft, elastic and pliable. This will take about 10 minutes. If your dough is too dry, add a tbsp of water. If it's too wet and sticky, add a bit of flour. Wrap a ball of dough in clingfilm and leave the pasta to rest for 30-60 minutes at room temperature.
  • In the meantime, make the filling. Place the smoked salmon and cream cheese in a food processor and whizz until combined. Stir in 2 tbsp of the dill and half the lemon juice. Season with black pepper (no salt needed, as smoked s.almon is quite salty itself).
  • Divide the pasta dough into 4. One piece at a time (keeping other pieces wrapped to avoid drying out) roll out the pasta into a long thin strip about 1mm in thickness. Cut the strip in half to make it more manageable. Using an atomiser, spray the dough with water very lightly to prevent the dough from drying out.
  • Using a round cookie cutter, a pastry ring or a round ravioli stamp, cut rounds of pasta dough out. We used 7.6cm pastry rings and got 36 rounds that we just enough to use up all the filling.
  • Spoon/ pipe teaspoons (or tablespoons if you're making very large Mezzaluna) of the salmon filling onto each round. Fold the dough over to create half circles and seal the edge with your fingers. Try and squeeze out any air bubbles and press down to seal.
  • Bring a large pan of water to a boil. Drop the Mezzaluna into the water and cook for approx two minutes after they float to the top (it may take less or more time depending on how thinly you rolled out your pasta). Drain.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan, add the remaining half of the lemon juice and the dill. Season (don't add too much salt though) and spoon over the Mezzaluna.

Notes

For serving suggestions, have a look at the “What to Serve With Smoked Salmon Pasta” section above. 

Nutrition

Calories: 672kcalCarbohydrates: 88gProtein: 34gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 219mgSodium: 902mgPotassium: 555mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 798IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 187mgIron: 6mg
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8 Replies to “Smoked Salmon Mezzaluna Pasta with Lemon Dill Butter”

  1. 5 stars
    This pasta is a labor of love and the final result was well worth it! The taste is fantastic, absolutely love the salmon filling.

    1. Thanks so much, Gina! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    This salmon mezzaluna pasta is a dish that sings with flavor. The homemade pasta with the salmon filling and lemon butter come together so beautifully.

    1. Thanks, Sharon! We love the combination of the smoked salmon pasta and lemon butter sauce! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I really loved this! It is so tasty and delicious!

    1. Thanks, Toni! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This received rave reviews from my family! Thank you for another winner. 🙂

    1. That’s brilliant, Kris! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

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