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Tortellini in Broth

Tortellini in Broth

A comforting Italian classic featuring delicate tortellini served in a hearty meat broth.

24 December, 2012
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0 HR 56 MIN


All purpose flour
500 g, cake and pastry variety
To taste
2 slices, cured tenderloin
Aromatic herbs
1 bunch, sage and rosemary
Cured ham
150 g
150 g
100 g
Parmesan cheese
100 g, freshly grated
To taste
Meat stock
2 l
To taste


First, cube pork tenderloin and cook in a little olive oil with salt and herbs for half an hour, then leave to cool.

While it cools, make the pasta.

Mound the flour on the table, make a well in the centre and add eggs, salt and a little olive oil and slowly blend in the flour, then knead to form a smooth, even ball of dough. Set aside in a cool place, wrapped in plastic film, while you make the filling.

Mince the Prosciutto, ham, mortadella and cooled pork tenderloin in a food processor.

Put it all in a bowl, add the eggs, Parmesan cheese, a good grating of nutmeg and salt to taste. Mix well; if too wet, add a small quantity of dried breadcrumbs.

Now roll out the pasta, cut it into lots of little squares, and place a ball of filling in the centre of each square. Fold the pasta into little triangle shapes and wrap it around your finger to close it and give it the classic tortellini shape.

If you have difficulty making this shape, roll out the pasta dough with a pasta machine and make square or moon-shaped ravioli.

Continue until you have used up all the filling.

Cook the tortellini in boiling meat stock for just a few minutes and serve right away in the stock with freshly grated Parmesan cheese on the side.

Wine pairing: Garganega

How to serve and pair your tortellini

To serve your tortellini in the traditional way, choose a shallow bowl and ladle them out in spoonfuls with the meat stock. Grate Parmesan cheese over the top so that it melts and oozes into the liquid. Serve the dish piping hot and accompanied by a glass of crisp white Garganega from the north east of Italy.

How to store your tortellini

As tortellini are traditionally a festive dish, they should really be consumed immediately with friends and family. Having said that, they will keep for a couple of days in the fridge or can be frozen in an airtight container.

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