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Will work for…tortellini?

March 13, 2010

Could it have been the baguette I picked up at the store? Thinking about our ’07 adventure in Venice? I’m not exactly sure what triggered it, but I have had a huge tortellini craving! With no hope of finding tortellini or even ravioli around town, I set out to create my own version of tortellini. Faced with a few setbacks such as no access to ricotta cheese or semolina flour, my strong craving gave me the determination to carry on.

Tonight’s adventure in tortellini-making was a Boy+Girl team effort. He peeled and chopped a massive amount of garlic which I generously used for the filling, sauce, and garlic bread. He also washed and blanched the spinach for the filling, as well as created a vegetable and bean salad to accompany the main course.  I made the tortellini filling from the cottage cheese (surprisingly, the Japanese brand looked more like ricotta than cottage cheese… hmmmm!), parmesan cheese, egg, spinach, and garlic. I would love to say that I also made the tortellini wrappers from scratch, but I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the time and effort. Instead, I opted for some trusty won ton wrappers to do the trick. After stuffing and folding the tortellini, I placed them in bowling water for about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, I prepared a pesto cream sauce using a little bit of pesto, butter, spinach, garlic, flour, and milk. Served with some super garlic bread, it was safe to say that this meal really satisfied my craving. Buon appetito!

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