Large handmade tortelli pasta are filled with a mortadella and ricotta cheese filling, and served with muted green pistachio pesto to finish.
Mortadella Tortelli Pasta with Pistachio Pesto features a filling and sauce that are tremendously easy to put together.
I used my own recipe for the dough, but found that I needed a lot more of it than originally specified to use up all the filling I had made. I also increased the amount of ricotta cheese in my filling.
I suggest starting out with a whole pound of dough. Roll out one-quarter of it at a time as you assemble (so it doesn't dry out).
Then if you have leftover dough at the end, just cut it into spaghetti (or any other shape you want) and save it for another time in your fridge or freezer.
I also thought the sauce recipe made a lot of sauce for the amount of mortadella pasta so it's definitely better to make more tortelli rather than less.
I don't usually mind an extra-saucy pasta, but I'd just like to point it out for anyone who wants to give this a try :
We loved the flavors of the mortadella pasta complimented with the sauce. Pistachios are a fabulous match for mortadella!
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Mortadella Tortelli Pasta with Pistachio Pesto
- 6 ounces mortadella finely chopped
- 1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1 egg
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups shelled pistachio nuts
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons aged sherry vinegar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- To make the filling, put the mortadella, ricotta, and egg in a food processor and puree until smooth and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Season with salt and pepper.
- To make the pesto, put the nuts in a food processor and chop until fine. Add the oil and vinegar and process to a coarse puree. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate the pesto in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or freeze it for up to 2 months.
- To make the dough, put the flour in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the eggs and turn the machine on to low to allow the flour to slowly absorb the eggs. Scrape down the sides if needed. When the dough begins to come together in a ball, turn the speed up another notch and allow the dough hook to knead the dough for a few minutes. Remove the dough from the mixer and knead by hand for a few more minutes until it is nice and smooth. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes to rest.
- To assemble, roll out the pasta dough in four batches using a pasta roller (I prefer the Kitchenaid pasta roller attachment). Roll the pasta as thin as possible without tearing it (#5 on the Kitchenaid attachment is good), and then lay one sheet at a time on a lightly floured surface with one long side parallel to the edge of the counter. Trim the sides and ends so they are straight, then cut the pasta into 3-inch squares. If necessary, spritz lightly with water to keep it from drying out.
- Put teaspoon-size spoonfuls of filling on each square, then bring the opposite corners together over the filling to make a triangle. Press gently on the edges to seal. Trim the edges, if desired, to make for a more aesthetic presentation. Makes about 45.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in the tortelli, quickly return to a boil, and cook until tender yet firm, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain the pasta reserving the pasta water.
- Just before the pasta is done, ladle 3 cups of the pasta water (I suggest going a little shy on the pasta water here) into a large saute pan. Add the pesto and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until the sauce is creamy, about 2 minutes.
- Slide the drained tortelli into the warm sauce. Toss gently until the sauce is creamy, adding more pasta water as needed.
- Divide among warm pasta bowls and garnish with the Parmesan.
*All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.*