Homemade Tortellini

Sometimes Grandma mixed the pasta dough the old-fashioned way, which saved her having to wash a bowl. She mounded the flour on a flat work surface, made a well in the center, and broke the eggs into the well. Then she worked the dough mixture with her hands, which she felt was easier than using a spoon and bowl.
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Adapted from mygreatrecipes.com

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PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from mygreatrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup finely chopped cooked pork or chicken

  • 3

    tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 5

    large eggs, divided

  • 3/4

    teaspoon salt, divided

  • 1/4

    teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/16

    teaspoon black pepper

  • 2

    cups all-purpose flour

  • 3

    cups hot pasta sauce

  • Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

1.For filling, combine pork, grated Parmesan, 1 egg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, nutmeg and black pepper in a small bowl and mix well. 2.For pasta, combine flour, remaining eggs and remaining salt in a large bowl and mix until a stiff dough forms. Divide dough into 4 balls. Roll 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 2-inch circles with a biscuit cutter. 3.Spoon 1/4 teaspoon filling onto each dough circle. 4.Moisten edges with water. Fold dough in half to enclose filling; press edges to seal. Shape the half-circle around a finger to form a fan shape. 5.Bring 5 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add pasta. Cook until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes; drain. Serve with the pasta sauce. Sprinkle servings with shredded Parmesan, if desired.

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