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Tortellini Pasticcio

Tortellini pasticcio is a popular dish, very common to Northern Italian cuisine, combining the aroma of white Tortellini with the tasteful Bolognese sauce. When cooking a similar dish,the Italian gourmet spirit will enchant you, moreover the recipe will become one of your favorite means ti impress your entourage and also yourself.


Lots of traditional Italian recipes rely on the use of Pasta, the most popular and specific ingredient in Italy, which enjoys nowadays an international reputation and inspires hundreds and hundreds of incredibly tasty recipes. Tortellini is Italian pasta which usually comes in ring shape, and it can be found in supermarkets offered through various presentations: packed, refrigerated or frozen. It is usually cooked with broth or cream. Tortellini is surrounded by numerous legends, which all try to tell its story. One specific legend refers to the beautiful Lucrezia Borgia (one of the negative symbols of politics in Renaissance Papacy, being the daughter of the man who became Pope Alexander VI). Apparently, one night, during a trip, she had to sleep in an inn, and the host of the mansion was so deeply charmed by her beauty, that he spied on her through the keyhole.

Since the room was pretty dark, with only few candles burning, he only saw her navel, which offered the right inspiration to finally create the signature shape of tortellini. The other legend is pretty much the same, only this time it wasn’t the wonderful Lucrezia Borgia, but Venus and Jupiter who stole the eyes of the inn’s keeper, who repeatedly was mesmerized by the charm of the young lady.

Regardless of the possible origins of this delicious dish, tortellini is also great source of inspiration for many cooks which earned these the title of being the top pasta used in most of Italy’s cuisine, and mainly in the north areas. Tortellini Pasticcio recipe takes its inspiration from the traditional Italian culinary trademark elements of this culture and it’s served with cream sauce and topped with Bolognese sauce.

For 4 to 6 servings, the necessary ingredients for this recipe are:

  • 4 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups of heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pound of tortellini
  • 3/4 cup of freshly grated Parmagiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups of Bolognese sauce

  • The Bolognese sauce needs the following ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1 carrot, chopped fine
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped fine
  • 1/4 pound pancetta, chopped coarsely
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, preferably chuck
  • 1-1/2 pound ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can plum tomatoes, passed through a food mill
  • 1 cup meat broth, hot
  • salt and pepper to taste

  • The Bolognese sauce requires only a large saucepan for the preparation, in which you’ll first cook the onion, carrots and celery in olive oil, for 10 minutes, then you’ll add the pancetta and the meat. Keep for 15 minutes on fire, until the meat becomes brownish, and then add the tomatoes, tomato paste and meat broth, furthermore season with salt and pepper for the heavenly taste. Let the whole mixture reach boiling, then lower the heat and leave the pasta on fire for 2 hour, occasional stirring is highly recommended.
    Now that the Bolognese sauce is ready, you can move to the next step. First, preheat the oven to 400F degrees.

    Take a large sauté pan and add the butter, cream and salt, mix them well, and cook until they have slightly thickened, for about a minute. Boil the tortellini in a large pot with salted water, and make sure that it isn't fully cooked, since it's best if these are slightly underdone for the desired effect. When ready, pour the tortellini in the butter mixture and add the Parmesan cheese; wait until the cheese has melted. Now, in a baking dish, coat its bottom with Bolognese sauce, add the tortellini with butter and cheese, and finally top it with another spoon of Bolognese sauce, in a round shape, making sure it doesn’t cover it all. Bake it until the sauce starts bubbling around the edges.



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