Savoring Tradition: Recipe for Authentic Tortellini in Brodo from Emilia-Romagna

Savoring Tradition: Recipe for Authentic Tortellini in Brodo from Emilia-Romagna

Dec 18, 2023Marianna Niero

Indulge in the timeless charm of Emilia-Romagna with our recipe for traditional Tortellini in Brodo. This iconic dish encapsulates the rich culinary heritage of the region, featuring delicate handmade pasta parcels nestled in a flavorful, golden broth. Let's embark on a journey to recreate this classic Italian comfort dish in your own kitchen.


Ingredients for Tortellini:


2 cups all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup ground pork

1/2 cup ground veal

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

Salt and pepper to taste


Ingredients for Brodo (Broth):

8 cups chicken or beef broth

1 onion, peeled and halved

1 carrot, peeled and halved

1 celery stalk, halved

Salt to taste




Prepare the Tortellini Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour and salt. Create a well in the center and crack the eggs into it. Slowly incorporate the flour into the eggs, kneading until a smooth dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.


Make the Filling: While the dough rests, prepare the filling. In a bowl, mix the ground pork, ground veal, grated Parmesan, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Combine thoroughly to create a flavorful and well-balanced filling.


Roll and Cut the Dough:Roll out the rested dough into thin sheets. Using a round cutter or glass, cut out small circles. Place a small amount of filling in the center of each circle.


Shape the Tortellini: Fold each circle in half, creating a half-moon shape. Moisten the edges with water and bring the two corners together, forming a ring. Press firmly to seal the tortellini, creating the classic shape.


Prepare the Brodo: In a large pot, combine the chicken or beef broth with the onion, carrot, and celery. Season with salt. Bring the broth to a gentle simmer, allowing the flavors to meld.


Cook the Tortellini: Drop the handmade tortellini into the simmering broth. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until they float to the surface, indicating they are perfectly cooked.


Serve and Enjoy: Ladle the Tortellini in Brodo into bowls, ensuring each serving has a generous amount of both the delicate pasta and flavorful broth. Garnish with additional grated Parmesan and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper.


With this recipe, you can bring the warmth and authenticity of Emilia-Romagna into your home. Delight in the delicate embrace of handmade Tortellini in Brodo, a dish that captures the essence of Italian comfort and culinary tradition. Buon Appetito!


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