Tortellini in brodo
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Serves 3–4 (about 20 tortellini each)
Cooks In4 hours 15 minutes
Nutrition per serving
Calories 531 27%
Fat 23g 33%
Saturates 9.1g 46%
Sugars 1.1g 1%
Protein 33.3g 67%
Carbs 47.8g 18%
Of an adult's reference intake
- 300 g beef brisket
- 150 g beef shank bones
- 300 g free-range chicken thighs and drumsticks, skin on
- ½ an onion
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 carrot
- PASTA DOUGH
- 200 g tipo 00 flour , plus extra for dusting
- 2 large free-range eggs
- olive oil
- 75 g lean minced beef
- 75 g higher-welfare prosciutto di Parma
- 50 g higher-welfare mortadella di Bologna
- 1 pinch of ground nutmeg
- 50 g Parmesan cheese , plus extra to serve
By Viviana Romanori
- First, make a stock. Put the beef brisket, bones, chicken, unpeeled onion and celery in a large stockpot. Halve the carrot lengthways, and add to the pan with a pinch of sea salt.
- Pour over 2 litres of cold water, or enough to cover. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 4 hours, skimming occasionally.
- Meanwhile, prepare the pasta dough. Blend the ingredients in a food processor (or combine by hand) until they come together and you have a soft but firm dough. Lightly dust with flour, wrap in clingfilm and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
- For the filling, heat a little oil in a saucepan, season the mince and fry until cooked through. Drain any water and leave to cool.
- Transfer to a food processor with the prosciutto, mortadella and nutmeg. Finely grate in the Parmesan, then blitz (or finely chop together by hand) until you have a very fine mixture.
- You’ll need to make the pasta in stages so it doesn’t dry out. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Use a pasta machine (or a floured rolling pin) to roll out 1 piece (covering the rest with clingfilm or a tea towel ) into a long, flat, very thin 6cm-wide strip. Slice into 3cm squares.
- To make the tortellini, lightly dust a tray with flour. Place a ¼ of a teaspoon of filling in the middle of a square of pasta.
- Fold the pasta over into a triangle, and press at the edges to seal. Wind the folded edge around the tip of your middle finger and press the ends to form a ring.
- Continue until you have used all the rolled-out dough, then roll the next piece and keep going until it’s all used up. You can make meatballs or ragù with any leftover filling.
- To serve, strain the stock and discard the meat and vegetables. Taste and adjust the salt, if it’s necessary.
- Bring to the boil, add the tortellini and cook for about 3 minutes, or till they rise to the surface. Ladle into bowls and serve with extra Parmesan.