Italian is my favorite food. I love pasta, it’s ridiculous! I had never made noodles myself before but I remember when I was younger my dad making them for chicken noodle soup. As I remember they were the best noodles I had ever eaten. Matt and I decided we should give it a try! Try this tortellini, it’s the best. Just be sure that when you make the pasta you don’t fill it too full with the filling or it makes a mess.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Whisk together the flour and salt with a fork in a medium bowl.
- Create a deep well in the middle of the flour and crack the eggs into this well. Whisk the eggs with the fork to combine.
- As you whisk the eggs, begin gradually pulling in flour from the bottom and sides of the bowl. Don’t rush. At first the eggs will start to look like a slurry. Once enough flour has been added, it start forming a soft dough. Don’t worry if you don’t use all the flour.
- Turn the dough and any excess flour out onto a clean counter. Begin gently folding the dough on itself. Flattening and folding repeatedly. Slowly it will start to firm up. Once it’s firm enough to knead, begin kneading the dough. Incorporate the more flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to the counter. Slice the dough with a knife, if there are a lot of bubbles, keep kneading.
- Place ball of dough inside a clean bowl, place the ball of dough inside and cover with plastic wrap. Rest for 30 minutes. (Can refrigerate for 24 hours)
- Meanwhile mix together ingredients for filling.
- Divide the dough into quarters. Work with one piece at a time and keep the other pieces covered. Roll out the dough until it is paper thin. We used a rolling pin but if your fancy you can use a pasta roller.
- Cut the pasta into 3 inch by 3 inch squares. Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the middle of each square of pasta. Wet the edges of the square and then fold into a triangle, pressing the top together and working along the sides. Then fold the pocket of filling upward toward the peak of the triangle. Set the pocket of filling against the nail of your pinky finger and wrap the two corners around your finger. Press tightly to seal. Toss with flour, set aside on well floured baking sheet, and cover. Repeat.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a tablespoon or two of salt. Lower the tortellini into the water a few at a time with a wire basket. Stir the pot occasionally to prevent the tortellini from sticking to the bottom of the pot or to other tortellinis. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Top with your favorite sauce!