Great Soup: Tortellini in brodo! Tortellini in a broth.

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Colder weather  is a time for heartwarming, soul soothing  soup. We all need to get healthy and we need to warm up with comfort food.

Tortellini in brodo were a classic at my family table during winter.

Because my mother will not have it otherwise, that was one of the best Christmas courses I ever had. We took all Christmas Eve night to prepare it, homemade pasta, homemade filling and long simmered broth, everybody sitting around the table, chatting, laughing and folding the tortellini, also called ‘cappelletti” then ..served at the Christmas day table… such a real feast!

In Bologna, Emilia Romagna, tortellini in brodo are one of the home made classic soup at winter time.
Even if today, we do not do all the homemade craft work, I always choose great ingredients to serve a wonderful, familiar winter soup at my table.
Try it my friends , you will not be disappointed!!

Here, using good quality ingredients it is really important, for a success.

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Ingredients : serves 4 to 6

  • 1 to 1 +1/2 quarter organic, non preservative, chicken stock  and/ot beef stock , mixed or not.
  • 1 package good quality tortellini pasta, no preservatives, with filling
  • 1/4 celery salk
  • 1 or 2 carrots chopped small
  • 1  dry laurel leave
  • a good pinch or 2 nutmeg powder.
  • Extremely fresh grated Parmesan cheese or Pecorino cheese.
  • salt and fresh ground pepper

How you make it:

  • In a large sauce pan, a broth, carrots celery chopped, laurel, bring to boil at medium/low heat.
  • When broth is boiling, simmering,slide into it the tortellini, gently in batches and let it cook, just following the package instructions. (it should simmer not boil to high)
  • When doneness is right, transfer the tortellini with a slotted spoon to a colander, drain quickly, then immediately to individual bowls, add broth at your like, sprinkle over each a good pinch of nutmeg, ground pepper, then the grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Serve immediately with a white crisp wine.

Buon Appetito !

Tips: This cooking method for tortellini it is also great for other  type of small size pasta with filling dish. e.g. with marinara sauce. In fact,  instead of using boiling salted  water, boiling in a tasty natural broth will add a lot of flavors.

So, once you have well drained tortellini or  any type of pasta with filling,  serve on each plate, top with a tablespoon or two of your preferred store bought good quality sauce,  previously warmed,  sprinkle quickly with olive oil,  adjust salt and pepper,  mix  quickly with spoon and fork then add a little less nutmeg, more grated cheese and serve ! enjoy!


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