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




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