Aside from the beautiful colours and golden light of autumn, this is also a time of year to take to experience the culinary delights that the landscape has to offer.
I always loved this season since I was a child, beautiful memories…and one of my fav was using pumpkin in the kitchen!
Today I have decided to bring my Nonna’s Tortelli nella Lastra, stuffed potato & pumpkin Tortelli cooked on the stove! They are fantastic, give them a try!
• 900g of flour
• 600cl of warm water
• 2kg of Potatoes
• Half Pumpkin (rouphly 700g with skin)
• 100g of Parmigiano Reggiano
• 200g pork lard
• Salt to taste
• Freshly ground nutmeg to taste
• 3 cloves of garlic
Place the potatoes, no skin, in a large pan and steam (no contact with water to avoid too much liquid later on).
Place over a medium heat and bring to a boil.
Cook the potatoes until tender all the way through.
Drain, while they are still hot, pass through a potato ricer into a bowl.
Meanwhile cook half pampkin in water, previously peeled and cut into cubes, for 20 minutes.
Once soft, rinse it and make a puree before adding it to the mash potato.
In a frying pan, over medium heat, add garlic and lard for 5 minutes to sautè.
Now mix the potato & pumpkin mash with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, salt, nutmeg and lard (removing the cloves of garlic before to avoid a strong taste).
Next, begin by making the pasta dough. Pour the flour into a work surface and make
a vulcano in the centre.
Add warm water into the well and stir with a fork to combine.
Use now your hands to knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes).
Flatten the dough till 2mm thick with a rolling pin.
Now stir the potato filling making sure it’s soft and add it (using a table spoon) on the pasta sheet.
With a knife spread the filling and make it roughly 5mm high.
Fold the sheet of pasta into itself to form small pockets.
Press down the pasta in between heaps of filling to remove any air bubbles.
Then, using a plate trace the pattern into squares and using a pasta cutter, cut out the tortelli using pressure.
Now in a frying pan cook them over medium high heat for 1-2 mins each side or until they turn golden.
Serve it with your favourite cold cuts (Parma ham for me the best) and cheese so to combine while eating the Tortello (as a bread).
Passionate for food & travel, I loved living in China for 12 years and exploring a different culture. I had the opportunity to discover new flavors and unknown ingredients in the cooking process and became inspired in my own recipes. Tradition though is still an important part of my life. Tradition is the origin of my passion, it’s where everything came from: looking at my Nonna cooking in a tiny kitchen in a little village in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna Region is where my love of food was born.
Communication is another important asset of my philosophy: I love photography. I believe images have strong communication power in creating emotions. That’s why recipes will always be introduced by photos of my creations. Looking at pictures of my dishes will be a travel in time and space, entering the kitchen and enjoying the taste of authentic Italian creations.
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