National Tortellini Day

National Tortellini Day

Imagine New Year celebrations in a glamorous setting, with party-goers sitting around a table and eating soup. Vegetarian party? What if the roast is cooked? What is the effect of the crisis

Tradition, long and glorious history is the answer. Clear soup is an Italian specialty that features a large portion of tortellini. This elevates the dish to five stars.

National Tortellini Day is a great opportunity to enjoy tortellini in many forms, including soup. Tortellini are thin pasta that is wrapped in delicious meat, cheese or ham. They can be served with a variety of sauces or soups. It must contain a mixture of prosciutto and mortadella.

Tortellini, the Bologna region’s most famous dish, is appropriate for large events. You should pair them with red wine, Lambrusco if possible, also from Emilia-Romagna.

Legend has it that Lucrezia Borgia, a Bologna tavern-keeper, saw her navel through a keyhole. He then reproduced vision in pasta and invented tortellini. Their alternative name is “belly button” or “ombelico”.

Another similar legend, originating from medieval Italy, tells of how the Roman gods Venus & Jupiter decided to spend the night at Bologna’s tavern after helping the surrounding areas fight wars.

They ate and went back to their rooms. But the tavernkeeper was so taken by Venus’ beauty, he tried to see her through the keyhole of the door. This is similar to the legend. The room was dark except for a few candles. He could only see her navel and was inspired to make the heavenly vision in pasta.

Creepy? Yes. A little. However, you should not avoid tortellini. It’s one of the most well-known Italian dishes.

Making your own Tortellini is the best way to celebrate Tortellini Day. It isn’t as hard as you might think. You can buy ready-made pasta dough if this is your first time. Cut the pasta dough into two-inch pieces. Then, add a little filling to the center. Ricotta with black pepper and nutmeg is an excellent choice. It is simple yet traditional.

Use 1/2 teaspoon of water and an egg wash to brush the edges of each piece of dough. Fold the dough in half and form a triangle. Finally, press the edges together to seal the dough. Wrap your tortellini by gluing the points together. Done!

It is recommended to make 20 tortellini per person. After letting them rest for at least an hour, you should then cook them in salted water. Tortellini can be served in a variety sauces: a brown butter and Sage sauce, a simple tomato sauce, or a pungent Pesto sauce. You can make several sauces to celebrate Tortellini Day. You could experiment with different fillings if you have more time and decide which sauce best complements each one.

Buon Appetito!


Feb 13 2025


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