From Massimo Bottura's MasterClass

Tortellini Part 2: Dough, Filling, and Assembly

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

Topics include: Making the Tortellini Dough • Making the Tortellini Filling • Assembling the Tortellini • Eating the Tortellini


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

Topics include: Making the Tortellini Dough • Making the Tortellini Filling • Assembling the Tortellini • Eating the Tortellini

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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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Fascinating and awesome Masterclass! I definitely recomend it to my friends!

I just have recreated the Better than panettone recipe with left over croissants :) so i have created the Better than croissant recipe. Thank you Bottura Regards

This was wonderful - Such passion! Loved it.

Massimo has such an incredible personality to begin with. Add to that his passion for food and every lesson was a joy to watch.



This section made my day. Thank you Massimo for having these young men help you teach. I love you for this. And we already loved you.

Luca C.

Chef, a volte il glutine rende la pasta gommosa, con memoria. Rimane elastica. Quando la tiro, tende a ritirarsi un poco, cosi la avvolgo in pellicola e la faccio riposare almeno 6 ore in frigorifero, prima di tirarla. Uso 100% 00 Caputo e buone uova. Ha altri consigli per eliminare quella elasticita'? Grazie Chef

A fellow student

When my table top is not big enough to roll a whole dough, can I split the dough into smaller bits to roll one at a time?

Rodolfo A.

Does someone know what is the equivalent thickness number to open the dough in a Atlas 150 machine?


I wish he wasn't hosting and doing the cooking himself. Love to see chefs doing the actual work. :-(

A fellow student

I don't even know if I will ever make these homemade or not . . . but this episode brought such a smile to my face! Bravo and brava! I love the guests you brought and how you showed how cooking is a group affair.

Elyssa S.

Hi, does anyone know when you put the meat in the pan, is it already ground at this stage? then grind it 2 more times after its cooked, so its ground 3 times total?

Graeme R.

Brilliant! I loved seeing the the ladies at work, and wished that Massimo had deferred to them respectfully, instead of jumping in front of them unnecessarily. It was good to have the special needs men helping.

A fellow student

Wish we were introduced to the ladies who made the tortellini. It was strange that they weren’t addressed by name just “she”.

A fellow student

The pdf recipe is confusing. It states "600 grams" flour/ 2Egg + 2 yolks. for 2 batches He only uses 300g flour with all of the 2 eggs + 2yolks. Is it 600g flour to 2egg +2 yolk, or 300g to 2Egg+2yolk?