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!