How to make Tortellini from scratch

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If I should choose any food that I must eat everyday for the rest of my life, well, it's definitely Tortellini!
They are typical of my hometown, Bologna (actually my "home-province" lol) so I've been eating them since I was very, very little...I never get tired of them and I could never live without eating them! :D

I am writing this instructable to teach you how to make tortellini from scratch!

It may take some time to make them, but believe me, it's worth it...
You can't compare these homemade tortellini to the already made ones. I am sure you know what I mean if you taste them!

ps: these are the original Tortellini Emiliani. You can call them tortellini because of this filling. The ones with a different kind of filling have a different name.
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Step 1: Ingredients

For the dough:
  • 5 eggs
  • 500 gr (2 cups) flour
  • olive oil
For 600gr (21,16 oz) of filling:
  • 200 gr (7 oz) pork loin
  • 100 gr (3.52 oz) mortadella
  • 100 gr (3.52 oz) prosciutto
  • 100 gr (1 cup) grated parmesan
  • 2 eggs
  • nutmeg
  • salt

Step 2:

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First of all prepare the filling.

Unfortunately I have no pictures for this but it's very easy to make:

grind your pork loin with mortadella and prosciutto at least 3 times.
Add the eggs and parmesan then a little bit of nutmeg and salt. 
Mix everything and you are done!

Taste it to make sure that it's alright, you may need to add more salt.
Now put it aside for a while.

Prepare your flour on a table (or in a bowl, if you prefer), make a hole in the middle of the "fountain" and add your 5 eggs to it and a little bit of olive oil. Just like I said in the Lasagne recipe, oil will make the egg pasta more elastic.

Start to mix everything using a fork then incorporate the rest of the flour with your hands.
Keep mixing until your dough becomes smooth and homogeneous.
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spunk8 months ago

They look amazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

I really want to make Tortellini right now :) - If I only had some spare time...

They are on top of to my to-do list now.

lindarose92 (author)  spunk8 months ago

I'm so happy to hear that! Thank you!! :D

Make sure to make many when you have some spare time so you can freeze them and have them for a while! :)

mtristano1 year ago
Your recipe looks great and I want to try it but I have a dumb question- do you pre-cook the filling? It doesn't really look cooked in the pictures so I don't know what to do!
lindarose92 (author)  mtristano1 year ago
No, this filling is not precooked. There is actually another version of this same filling where the meat is cooked in a pan with spices before mixing it with the other ingredients but I've never tried it. I'm very satisfied with this one though, it tastes really good :)

ps: people who grew up making tortellini like I did, know that it's impossible to make them without eating some raw filling alone or inside the tortellino...yes, it's THAT good! :D
Quindi hai vinto? Sei la meglio?
lindarose92 (author)  stefano.gadget1 year ago
Non esageriamo! :D Comunque sì, ho vinto il grand prize :)
My favorite food. Now I can make it myself. Thank you for this instructable.
lindarose92 (author)  NordicRaven1 year ago
You're welcome! It's my favorite food too, let me know how they turn out :)
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lindarose92 (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Aaaw thank youuu!!! :)
Grazieeee!!! :)
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lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thank you again!! I am so happy and honored!!! :)
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lindarose92 (author)  icsnerdics1 year ago
haha esatto! :D
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lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
haha thank youuu!!! :D
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lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Aw thank you! I bet that you will win many more!! :)
customrobo1 year ago
bellissimi sti tortellini! adoro fare la pasta ma i tortellini non li faccio mai... troppo sbattimento farli! XD
lindarose92 (author)  customrobo1 year ago
haha non hai tutti i torti!! Io di solito mi organizzo un pomeriggio in cui ne faccio molti così sono a posto per un po'! :D
ma poi li fai seccare o li surgeli?
lindarose92 (author)  customrobo1 year ago
Li surgelo...così facendo mi duranno parecchio e una volta cotti sono come appena fatti :)
S-Wijnie1 year ago
Thank you for your accurate and good described recipe! I sometimes use just a little bit cream when the filling is too firm (tip from chef Giorgio Locatelli). Combined with some grated black truffle over the dish and a suited good wine, this recipe is so delicious. Thanx again!
lindarose92 (author)  S-Wijnie1 year ago
Thank You, I am glad you like it so much! :)
Stone_UFO1 year ago
that looks awesome
lindarose92 (author)  Stone_UFO1 year ago
Thank you!! :)
laxap1 year ago
I need to make some!
I occasionally make ravioli, and i think tortellini are even simpler.

IMHO "grana duro" is the best flour for the purpose, do you agree?
lindarose92 (author)  laxap1 year ago
Well, it depends...grano duro flour will make your dough harder (after all it means hard wheat). I always use 00 flour and works fine for me, it's softer and elastic, in fact it's made with "soft" wheat which is grano tenero in Italian.
It's up to you anyway, you could even use 50% of one and 50% of the other one! :)
OK thanks. So I may use 50/50 duro/standard for tortellini so they're still a bit tender (and because in Switzerland it's not very easy to get varieties of flours), and 100% duro for tagliatelle (BTW tagliatelles are so a mess to make, need to be hung one by one to dry, I probably won't do again).
lindarose92 (author)  laxap1 year ago
haha I know what you mean, you could even leave them on a wood table and let them dry for a while, you don't need to hang them...the reason why you should let them dry is because they would stick together if the dough is still too fresh. So dry them enough not to be doesn't take too long :)
You could even start to cut them sooner to see if they are dry enough...if they are, you can continue, if they are not leave them there for a little more.
They are actually one of the easiest kind of pasta to make!
You mean, to let them dry a bit before cutting, but still not too much so that they don't become brittle? I just did not think about this... Thank!

(To me, the best recipes rely on simple but well-selected ingredients and know-how.)
lindarose92 (author)  laxap1 year ago
Yes, exactly! :)
They look yummilicious!
lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
Believe me, they are! :D
PandaBeat1 year ago
Would you marry me?! :-)
I love Tortellini too, but here we eat them alone and presented in a different way, with a lot of "salsa caruso", "marinera", "bolognesa" etc... here I've never ever seen them serve in zuppa... Now I'm hungry Linda! yummy... my proposition still stands, hehehehe, warm regards from Uruguay!
lindarose92 (author)  PandaBeat1 year ago
lol sorry, I can't! :D
The reason why tradition says that we should eat them in broth is because any other sauce would cover or change the filling's taste...if you eat them in broth you would fully taste everything! :)
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