Tortellini with spinach and ricotta

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Adjust Servings:
For Pasta
400g '00' flour plus extra for dusting
3 Eggs Free range -best
8 oz Semolina For dusting - optional
For Filling
200g Spinach cooked in salted water and chopped
200g Ricotta
30g Parmesan Grated- extra for sauce
Salt and Pepper For seasoning
For butter, sage and pine nut sauce
small handful Pine Nuts can add more or less depends of your preference
Handful Sage
50g Butter

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Tortellini with spinach and ricotta

Home made pasta stuffed with spinach and ricotta.


    A delicious homemade pasta dish bursting with the flavour of spinach and ricotta.

    • 40 min
    • Serves 4
    • Medium


    • For Pasta

    • For Filling

    • For butter, sage and pine nut sauce



    This classic spinach and ricotta tortellini made with one of Italy’s most popular cheeses, parmesan. Not only is it fresh home cooked pasta but its stuffed with a  spinach and cheesy filling. I have used followed this recipe with making the pasta and filling but i have not made the sauce instead i have make a wild garlic pesto, this defiantly make the dish even more delicious and it brings a freshness to the dish.

    I have used this recipe by BBC good food to make the tortellini and the filling.

    I have used this wild garlic recipe from Riverford





    For the pasta, pour the flour into a mound onto a flat surface and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the well and gradually mix with either a blunt knife or your hands. When the dough has become a thick paste use your hands to incorporate more of the flour.


    You can sieve any remaining flour and use the sifted flour while you knead the dough to stop it sticking to the surface and to your hands, but be careful not to make the dough too dry. Knead until well blended and the dough is soft and flexible. Don't worry if you haven't used up all the flour.


    Leave the pasta to rest for about 20 minutes with a bowl inverted over it or leave it covered in cling film. You can sieve any leftover flour again and save this flour for rolling out the pasta.


    Meanwhile, for the filling, in a clean bowl, mix the spinach, ricotta, parmesan and nutmeg well, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


    Divide the fresh pasta into four and keep three portions under a bowl while you roll and stuff one quarter. This prevents the pasta from drying out. Roll out the pasta into a long, wide strip about 1mm in thickness, either by hand or using a machine. When you can see your hand through it, it is ready for stuffing. Cut the strip in half.


    Place teaspoons of the filling in a line down the centre of one of the strips about 5cm/2in apart. Place the other strip directly on top. Press the air out from around the filling by pushing down the pasta around them sealing them in. Now take a small wine glass or round cutter measuring about 7cm/3in across and cut out circles of pasta around each mound of filling.


    They can be cooked straight away or stored in fine semolina for up to two hours. You can also freeze them at this stage and then cook them from frozen when you are ready.


    To cook, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and gently lower in the tortellini. Cook for about four minutes or until the pasta is soft but not floppy.


    While the pasta is cooking make the pesto.


    Thoroughly wash your wild garlic and place in a food processor, blitz until fairly well broken up.


    Next add your Parmesan and process further, this will help to break down the garlic leaves.


    Finally add your hazelnuts. When the nuts are added you will want to have your olive oil to hand; turn the machine back on, and add olive oil to your desired consistency.


    Add salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.


    You can always make this more traditionally and slowly in a pestle and mortar too.

    Recipe Reviews

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    Total Reviews: 2
    Hannah Jackson

    Smooth pasta with a creamy ricotta and spinach. i really like this meal i find it takes a lot of time and patiences but at the end of it the food you produce is phenomenal, with a spoonful of homemade wild garlic pesto .


    Absolutely delicious dish, love the combination of the spinach and the ricotta and the touch of parmesan brings the whole of the filling together. I especially like the pasta i thought that it is nice and thin but still keeps all the filling inside.

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