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Tortellini Part 2: Dough, Filling, and Assembly

Massimo Bottura

Lesson time 14:09 min

Some special guests join Massimo to help make a very traditional tortellini dough and filling. Learn how to assemble this essential Emilia-Romagna dish.

Massimo Bottura
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Massimo Bottura teaches you his take on traditional Italian cooking—from risotto to tortellini—and shares techniques for reimagining your own recipes.
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[MUSIC PLAYING] - Now that we show you how to make the broth and the cream sauce, I'm going to bring in some more special guests to help us make the tortellini. This is the essence of Emilia-Romanga. This is tradition. [MUSIC PLAYING] Chicken broth, parmigiano-reggiano creamy sauce, but what we are missing? We are missing the tortellini. And who better than two rezdore, as we call in Modena, like the lady of the house. They are the one, they really know how to roll pasta by hand are here with us, and they're going to show you what we can do with pasta. So here we have Angela and Katya from the Foundation San Nicola in Castelfranco Emilia, just 10 kilometers from Modena. And their purpose is to keep alive the tradition, the tradition of make tortellini by hand. Because it's time to rediscover, to focus on and keep alive this kind of heritage from centuries and centuries that our grandmother, the grandmother of our grandmother, transferred to us. So we're going to have one that is going to show you how to make the dough and one that-- voila-- she's going to roll the dough that we are going to use to make tortellini. Let's start. You're going to put like 300 grams of flour and create a fountain in which you're going to put two yolk and the two eggs. Then, when you have that, you're going to go with your fork, and you're going to mix and add the flour a little bit at a time. Keep the eggs inside. I want to show you something that is extremely important. Roll. Look how bubbly this pasta is. That means it's really well done. The more bubbly, the more you mix it and you incorporate air when you create the dough. So my grandmother was always say, when the pasta is really well made, it's already half rolled. It's [SPEAKING ITALIAN] - [SPEAKING ITALIAN] - Right. She said, right. I'm translating. When the eggs are really well incorporated, now she's put all the flour and add the rest of the flour. So in the beginning, she didn't put all 300 grams but just 250 because sometimes the flour is absorbing more than usual. Sometimes the eggs are bigger. You see how she does? Usually, when you have to do a lot of big quantity, you cut it in the middle, and you split in two. One does this, and one does the other. So it's going like this. When this part of the end, like this, and so you do like this. And for big quantities, it's much easier. And then, at one point, you mix the two. When we were kids, we were making 20, 25 eggs of tortellini every Sunday. And it was for the big family. Actually, there were never enough. Because when you have pasta, you just want to eat pasta, you know? You see here, she did a very good job. You see all that bubbly everywhere. So she's incorporate air. But now, this dough need to rest. So we cover it, and we let him rest for half an hour. You see how practice. She's rolling pasta very well. And she's using her body to keep the pasta close to the board and to make them thinner. She's very good. Yo...

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Excited to make this recipe! Is there a recommended vegetarian substitute for the broth and filling?

Gillian M.

Sensational! I love Massimo's approach to cooking, tradition, no waste and sustainability.

Angelo M.

So I used all purpose flour and it did not work. You need to use "00" flour which is a lot more thinner and will work better. Also you may need to use more eggs because there eggs may have been more heavier than regular eggs. You can use a food scale to measure 185 grams of eggs and that should work. If that doesn't work you can just watch a video on how to make homemade tortellini.

A fellow student

Pretty sure the workbook is wrong for this particular recipe in regards to the amount of flour and eggs.

Michael S.

tl;dr - dough ingredient quantities in recipe book are wrong. Correct in the video (300g flour, 2 yolks, 2 eggs) Not being an expert, I can say with almost unquestioning certainty that the quantities in the cookbook are wrong for the pasta. In this video he uses 300g flour, 2 eggs, 2 yolks. The recipe in the book shows 600g flour for the same quantity of eggs. Assuming he just flubbed in the video, I used 300g flour, 1 yolk, and 1 egg. Fortunately, before it was too late. I realized I had way too much flour and cut it down to 150g. I had a dry, workable dough. there is no way another 150g of flour would have gone in.

A fellow student

Molto Buono! Love the recipe, during quarantine we did not have the meat filling at hand. Used a mascarpone and mushroom filling instead and it turned out wonderful! Grazie mille!

Chantal D.

I am literally so touched by the fact that he involved people with special needs. Didn't expect it at all and I am so happy about it! Bravissimo Massimo 👏

Mary Lou D.

The color of the dough is like gold. I've never seen dough like this. Beautiful!

A fellow student

So...does the recipe call for 8 eggs? Two separate 300 gram batches, each with four eggs? Why does it say 600 grams of flour in the recipe, but he says 300?

A fellow student

We did this today, and they turned out AMAZING! They were Ravioli though, as the tortellini were too complicated for my clumsy hands. Thanks, maestro Massimo!