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Potatoes served with mint were a staple food of my childhood growing up in Poland, so any pasta that contains them is high up on my favourites list. The first time I had a potato-filled pasta was in Sardinia, where culurgiones are a traditional pasta dumpling quite similar to Polish pierogi. Pasta, dumplings, double-carbs – what’s not to like? This shape, cappelletti, means ‘little hats’, and the filling is inspired by these two special food memories. I originally posted this recipe online in partnership with Joseph Joseph, the kitchen and home accessories store.

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Fill a medium-sized pan with cold water and add the potatoes. Bring to the boil, season well with table salt, and cook the potatoes until they are just soft, around 15 minutes or so. Drain and mash using a potato masher or ricer and allow to cool a little.

Finely chop the mint leaves and add them to the potato along with the Parmesan and lemon zest. Mix well together and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then leave to one side until you are ready to fill the cappelletti.

Take a quarter piece of the pasta dough, leaving the rest covered until you’re ready to use it, and start rolling the dough twice through each setting on your pasta machine, starting at 0 and finishing on setting no 6. Rolling twice each time gives you a better, more pliable texture.

Dust a clean work surface or board with 00 flour and place the first sheet of pasta onto it. Using a 7.5cm/3in plain round cookie cutter, cut out as many circles as possible. Gather the leftover scraps and cover them to re-roll with the other leftovers when you’ve rolled and cut the rest of your dough, but first fill the circles you’ve just made.

Take a heaped teaspoonful of the potato filling and place it in the centre of the circles. Take each one and fold the dough over to create a half-moon shape, holding the flat edge towards you and sealing the edges of the dough together. Press a finger into the fold to make a small indent, then pinch the two ends together to form a little hat shape.

Place each cappelletti onto a tray dusted with fine semolina or rice flour (this will stop them from sticking), then continue to cut, fill and shape the remainder of the dough. Finally, re-roll the scraps to make as many more little hats as you can, or simply wrap and freeze them to cook in a minestrone soup another day.

When you’re ready to cook the cappelletti, bring a large pan of water to the boil before seasoning with a generous amount of table salt, then drop in the pasta and cook for 2 minutes.

Meanwhile set a wide saucepan onto a medium heat, add the mascarpone along with half a ladle of the hot pasta cooking water, mix them together with a wooden spoon until the mascarpone has completely melted.

Now, using a slotted spoon, transfer the pasta to the sauce, adding more pasta cooking water if needed to keep the sauce loose, squeeze over the lemon juice and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Serve onto four plates, finishing the dish with sprigs of dill and a generous grating of Parmesan.