Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Original Tortellini Emiliani ... my father old recype from Modena!!

For the pasta:
4 cups flour
4 whole eggs

For the filling:

4oz. pork loin
4 oz. Prosciutto di Parma
4 oz. Mortadella Bologna
6 oz. grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
1 egg
nutmeg, freshly grated
4 cups beef or capon broth

The filling:
Make the filling first. Dice the loin pork and brown it in a pan for a couple of minutes. Finely mince the loin with the Prosciutto and the Mortadella. In a bowl mix the minced meats with the egg, cheese, nutmeg until they are thoroughly combined.

The pasta:
Make a well with the flour and pour in the slightly beaten eggs. Gently mix the flour into the eggs, using your fingertips, until you get a smooth dough. Knead it for about 15 minutes, then let it rest for 20 minutes in a bowl covered by a damp cotton cloth.

                                                 Rollout the dough thinly and cut into squares. Place a teaspoon of the filling in the center of each square. Fold the squares in a triangle and press the edges. Wrap the far ends around your finger and press firmly again.

Bring the broth to a boil and drop in the tortellini. The tortellini are cooked when the two pinched ends are soft to the taste.

Tortellini should always be cooked in broth, even when serving them dry with a sauce.

1 comment:

suecd said...

Thank you for this recipe!! I grew up in a town in Massachusetts with a large Italian population. We had an Italian restaurant and a little Italian market that sold homemade tortellini's . The town has changed, all the old Italian women that met each week to make these are gone and I've never been able to find anyone that knew how to make them or what I was even talking about. They are my comfort food and if I there was only one thing to choose to eat for the rest of my would be this tortellini soup!!! Now..I'm off to make a huge batch that will get me through the winter!! Thank you again!!