Homemade Tortellini Pasta Recipe

Homemade Tortellini Pasta Recipe Recipe

Nothing beats a nice home-cooked meal. My husband Lulu is coming home tomorrow night and we're going to celebrate the romantic day with tortellini pasta I made from scratch.

To do so, I prepared pasta sheets and made a filling of artichokes, oil cured olives and ricotta cheese. I tested a small batch already and stored the rest in the refrigerator until the day comes. I can't wait to see his reaction! 

Ingredients

Yields: 6 servings

6 tablespoons all-purpose flour, + 2 tablespoons
¼ cup semolina flour
1 whole egg, at room temperature
½ teaspoon granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup olive oil
10 oil-cured olives, pitted and chopped
3 artichoke hearts, coarsely chopped
4 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon black pepper, freshly cracked
1 lemon, zested and freshly squeezed
½ (15-ounce) package ricotta cheese
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
¾ (25.5-ounce) jar marinara sauce, store-bought
¼ cup Emmental cheese


Directions

How to make the pasta sheets:

In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg with sugar.

In a large mixing bowl, add the all-purpose flour, semolina flour and ¼ teaspoon salt. Form a well and place the egg mixture into the indentation. Form a dough ball and knead the dough until combined. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon oil. Cover with a damp towel, place the bowl in a warm spot and let rest for about 1 hour. 

The dough should be neither too sticky nor too dry.  Dust a flat work space (or a board) with a generous amount of all-purpose flour. Roll out the dough ball with a rolling pin, then pass through a pasta roller machine, using the thickest setting. Dust the pasta sheet with a little flour on both sides to prevent it from sticking to the machine. Repeat 2-3 times. For the last time through, use setting "6" of the Kitchenaid flat roller pasta attachment. Using, 2¾" metal circle cutter, cut dough disks. Using the remaining dough, roll back into the pasta roller and form more disks.

Cover with a kitchen towel while preparing the ricotta filling.

For the ricotta filling: 

In a 5-quart non-stick pot, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes until softened and lightly golden. Turn off the heat, transfer 1-2 tablespoons onions into a mixing bowl and reserve the rest for the tomato sauce.

In the mixing bowl, add the ricotta cheese, garlic powder, lemon zest, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons parsley, the olives and artichokes. Season with salt and pepper. Mix until well incorporated. 

Forming the tortellini pasta: Place a tortellini wrapper on the working space. Place a small mound of ricotta filling (about 2 teaspoons) in the middle of the tortellini. Dip your finger in a small bowl of water and moisten around the edge of the tortellini wrapper. Fold in half, forming a half moon. Lift the curvy side up, forming a little "cowboy hat", then moisten both ends and join them, pointing them down. Seal by pressing firmly. Chill in the refrigerator (up to 3-4 days) if preparing in advance.

Boiling the tortellini: Fill a large stockpot with water and bring to a boil. When the pasta is cooked (floats to the surface but is still in shape and firm), salt with water, lower the heat and cook for another minute. 

Assembly time:

When you're ready to serve, re-heat the onions in the 5-quart same non-stick pot. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tortellini pasta to the pot, removing as much pasta water as possible. Cook for 2 minutes until fragrant and add the tortellini to the same pan. Toss well for 2-3 minutes until lightly golden. Transfer to a platter. Add the marinara sauce and cheese. Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 minutes. Return the tortellini pasta, cover and turn the heat down to low for about 3 minutes.

Adjust seasoning. Add more salt if necessary.

Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Bon appétit!

Tortellini Pasta Recipe with Picture


Tips

This recipe yields exactly 42 tortellini.

If you're a pasta lover, check out my other pasta dishes.

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on February 14, 2013.


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