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Recipe for the Perfect Ricotta and Spinach Tortelloni

More than 50 years ago, master pasta maker, Mr Giovanni,began
making tortelloni in a small shop in San Giovanni Lupatoto…
and Barefaced has the authentic Ricotta & Spinach Tortelloni recipe!

Preparation: Pasta preparation: 25mins, Cooking: 2-3 minutes, Serves: 2-3
What you will need:
For the Pasta Dough

140g All purpose flour
2 eggs

For the Ricotta & Spinach Filling
85g Ricotta cheese
20ml double cream
15g Parmigiano cheese
30g of spinach, chopped
Pinch of salt and pepper
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

For the Seasoning
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
40g Ricotta cheese +15g Spinach leaves for serving per portion

Method
1. Put the flour with the salt in a large bowl.

2. Make a well in the middle then crack the eggs into the well, one at a time. Using your fingertips, mix well and begin to knead the fresh mixture into fresh dough.

3. Put the dough on a table and knead well with both hands until the dough is smooth and elastic, rolling it out using a rolling pin if needed.

4. Now for your filling; mix the ricotta and fresh spinach in a large bowl, adding a pinch of salt and pepper.

5. Roll the pasta to as thin as possible and using a pasta cutter or a knife, gently cut into squares.

6. Spoon out a teaspoon of the filling into the centre of each pasta square.

7. Then for the art of tortelloni making; carefully fold each pasta square diagonally and pinch the edges until closed. Then bring the corners together with your fingers and squeeze together.

8. Cook the tortelloni in a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes, avoiding overcooking.

9. Drain the tortelloni thoroughly and finish by serving on a large bed of warm ricotta, with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and garnish with spinach.

Cook’s tip: To watch the accompanying video, please follow this link: http://youtu.be/8Zeh57eroqM

If you don’t have all of the fresh ingredients available, why not try Giovanni Rana’s Simply Italian range, available in six delicious varieties including Tender Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni. Based on homemade Italian family recipes, they are simple and quick to prepare  in less than 5 minutes.  RRP £1.99.