Hello! This Friday is “Handmade Pasta Time” so I prepared a classic version of tortelli filled with ricotta cheese and spinach. Do you like pasta? To me is one of my favourite dish!Let’s start the preparation…
INGREDIENTS: (35-40 tortelli)
FOR THE PASTA:
– Flour 00: 250 g
– 2 big eggs and 1 yolk
FOR THE FILLING:
– Spinach: 250 gr
– Ricotta: 125 gr
– Parmigiano Reggiano cheese: 50 gr
– Nutmeg: 1/4 teaspoon
First start with the preparation of the pasta. Sift the flour and make a fountain with it on a wooden worktop. To make a fountain means make a hole in the center of the flour to add the eggs in the center: now you can start knead, melting the eggs and the flour with a fork initially, then by hands. Add also a pinch of salt. Be careful to amalgamate all the flour. If you notice that the dough doesn’t collect well all the flour, or if it remains slightly tough, add one or two spoon of lukewarm water, then keep kneading till the dough will became smooth and compact. Roll up the obtained pasta in the plastic wrap and let it rest in a cool and dry place for 50-60 minutes.
In the meanwhile, you can prepare the filling: first of all, cook the spinach in hot water and salt. Pour the ricotta and the parmigiano cheese in the mixer, together with the nutmeg, salt and pepper. When the spinach are boiled, squeeze them to eliminate the excess water, and put them too in the mixer. You’ll obtain a green, homogenized mixture.
After an hour, the pasta will be more soft and elastic: now you can start to spread out the dough. Put some flour on the wooden worktop and use a rolling pin to work the pasta. This operation made only by hands is a bit hard to achieve, especially if it’s your first time. You can help yourself using a pasta-maker (the famous “nonna papera” here, in Italy) to obtain a pastry sheet of 0,5 mm depth.
To make the tortelli, you cut the pasta sheet in stripes of 10 cm width, putting small quantities of filling on it – help yourself with a teasppon – well separated one from another. Then put another stripe of pasta on the filled one and press well on the edges to eliminate the air bubbles. Now you cut the filled pasta in squares of 4×4 cm. – I made instead an half moon cut, as you can see. – You can cook them right after the preparation or freeze them on a tray, putting them wide apart. I served them with chopped carrots, zucchini and green celery, cooked in a frypan with onion and extra-virgin olive oil. I added as final touch some roasted chopped bacon.
mmm che fame che mi è venuta!!! Buonissimi vero? GiusyR
sì, devo dire che erano davvero buoni!Li rifarò sicuramente!
Io una volta li ho provati in sicilia cucinati in un modo particolare ho la foto in uno dei miei articoli sulla Sicilia… cmq se ti va seguiamoci 😉 baci
mmmh…devo andare a vedere sul tuo blog, ho dato una sbirciata veloce stamattina ma volevo tornare con calma! A presto!Cristina 😉
🙂 🙂 🙂
I love home made pasta! It is so delicious and what a lovely classic 🙂
Thank you! Home made pasta is always a good idea ;D
I love pasta dishes. This recipe looks wonderful!
Thank you for your kind words! Me too, i love every kind of pasta ;D
This is a favorite pasta dish and especially your stuffing. Good for you that you made everything from scratch. The veggies are a great idea as I usually serve this with cheese or a marinara sauce 🙂
Hello, thanks for stopping by! This type of stuffing is a speciality of the town I live, and we serve them usually with butter and sage … this dish is a bit revisited. 🙂