13/02/2018 – TORTELLINI DAY
Tortellini are ring-shaped pasta, sometimes also described as “navel-shaped”, hence their alternative name of “belly button”. They are typically stuffed with a mix of meat (pork loin, prosciutto) or cheese. Originally from the Italian region of Bologna, they are usually served in broth, either of beef, chicken, or both
Pasta lovers will enjoy traditional stuffed pasta during National Tortellini Day on February 13
Tortellini is a signature dish from the Italian region of Bologna, where they claim to have created this stuffed pasta packed with flavour. Ravioli, tortellini, and tortelloni are all part of the same family of stuffed pasta. The most common fillings for tortellini are ham, white meat, and Parmesan cheese.
An organization called The Learned Order of the Tortellini in the city of Bologna has its members wear to the meetings red and gold hats that are shaped like tortellini.
Recipe for four
Ricotta/parmesan ¼ cup
Spinach blanched ½ cup
All-purpose flour 3 cups
Eggs 2 large
Water 3 tablespoons
Olive oil 1 teaspoon
Salt & pepper to taste
Spread the pasta, cut into 7cm diameter circles. Centre with stuffing, make it into a half-moon shape and roll the 2 ends to stick together