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    Basic Tortellini Pasta

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    42 mins

    30 mins

    12 mins

    spatchcock's Note:

    See my recipes for tortellini fillings--these are what I've used to fill this pasta.

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    1. 1
      Mix flour and salt in a bowl.
    2. 2
      Create a well with the flour and salt.
    3. 3
      Whisk together the three eggs, oil and water thoroughly.
    4. 4
      Add wet ingredients little by little to center of flour well, mixing gradually until dough becomes a ball.
    5. 5
      Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until ball is smooth and elastic.
    6. 6
      Add more water if necessary.
    7. 7
      Allow to rest for thirty minutes in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap.
    8. 8
      After thirty minutes, cut dough into circles that are approximately 2 inches in diameter.
    9. 9
      Place 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of filling in center of dough circle, fold over into a half moon shape, and then join edges around your finger, forming a circle shape.
    10. 10
      Cook tortellini in 2-3 batches, in hot salty boiling water for 6 minutes or until firm.
    11. 11
      Drain, and then add to sauce!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 08, 2003


      I'll have to rate this twice to give it ten stars. Tender, delicately-textured pasta but firm enough to be easy to work with. I had such a good time making these! Meow!, you have my total admiration for making these in 1 1/2 hours. Please, how did you do that? I spent more than three but I used a pasta machine and rolled the dough out very thinly, so I had lots of pasta circles to fill. They were just so cute!

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    • on February 20, 2012


      This is a really easy recipe and the dough was really resilient! I was able to cut out the circles and then recombine the remaining pieces over and over and the dough never got hard or dried out. Like any pasta recipe, you have to really get it paper thin so it isn't overly thick when you cook it (I think mine was a little too thick) but it was easy to make! It looks like legit tortellini--my in-laws asked where I had bought the pasta which I took as a sign that it felt very authentic and given that I had never made it before I was impressed.

      My only note is that I used olive oil. Great recipe, will add to my regulars!

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    • on May 17, 2013


      Worked out great! Thank you, Spatchcock! <br/><br/>I would recommend this recipe to anyone wanting to try making a filled pasta. This recipe was very easy, and the other reviews have great tips as well.<br/><br/>As others have stated the dough was really resilient! I also was able to cut out the circles and then recombine the remaining pieces over and over, and when I let my dough get a little dry by accident, I added a little more water and it came right back together. I let it get too wet at one point, so I added a little more flour and it came right back together. <br/><br/>I made 32 thinly rolled shells. It took some practice, but after awhile you'll get the hang of how much filling you need (do not try to overfill them), and the perfect thickness for the dough circles.

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Tortellini Pasta

    Serving Size: 1 (107 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 414.9
    Calories from Fat 90
    Total Fat 10.1 g
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    Cholesterol 186.0 mg
    Sodium 124.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 63.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    Sugars 0.4 g
    Protein 14.8 g

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