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Tortelli Piacentini

This simple delicious dish makes a perfect Italian supper

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21 DECEMBER 2009

Ingredients (Serves 4-5)

For the dough

  • 400g flour (the Italians usually use typo00 or DoubleO)
  • 4 eggs
  • Salt
  • water

For the filling
  • 1 kg ricotta
  • 300g spinach, boiled and chopped
  • 300g parmesan cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • a little nutmeg
  • salt and pepper for the sauce
  • 80 melted butter
  • sage leaves
  • grated parmesan cheese

Method


Mix the flour with whole eggs, a pinch of salt and enough water to bring it together.

Knead the dough until smooth and let rest.

Meanwhile, prepare the filling by mixing all the ingredients listed.

Roll out the pasta dough into a thin sheet and divide into strips about 8cm wide and cut into squares.

Hold each piece with the left hand while you place a walnut-size piece of the filling in the middle and fold the dough with the right closing the tortello (pasta over pasta) as to form a braid and close the two tails (each end). The pasta must be folded well so as not to let the filling out.

Cook the tortelli in plenty of salted boiling water until they come to the surface. Drain. Arrange in individual dishes and season with melted butter, sage and grated parmesan cheese, or, alternatively, with tomato or mushroom (ceps/porcini) sauce.

A serving per person is 12 tortelli.

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