About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Tortelli Stuffed with Ricotta and Parsley

I have been looking forward to this one. It is one thing to make tortelloni in a cooking class in Bologna, with expert supervision, help with kneading and rolling with a mattarello, and someone showing you how to fold and shape. It is another to do it all yourself for the first time at home, and then cook them and make a sauce.

First I made the ricotta-parsley filling with one of my new big hunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano from Reggio-Emiglia.

The pasta dough seemed stickier than I am used to. I was surprised by the addition of a little milk. My first problem was trying to put too much stuffing in the center!


After a 5 or 6, I had my old "finger routine" down, and I was able to crank them out pretty quickly.


The butter and cream sauce was delicious, as Marcella said it would be with them. I think they would be wonderful with browned butter ad sage. Not bad at all for a first attempt!


I definitely want to make GREEN tortelli, and try some with a meat filling. I also am determined to buy a mattarello and get it home on my next visit to Italy in September!

Thank you, Marcella for a fabulous pasta chapter! For me, it is on to Risotto and Polenta!

Comments (6)

Palma, these look gorgeous!

Regarding a mattarello, the first one we brought home from Bologna was warped! We went to a lumber supply store and bought a oak dowel of the correct dimension and it worked fine. On our next visit to Bologna, we purchased a couple, they were different lengths. Make sure the one you choose isn't warped.

I have really been enjoying this chapter, thank you pomodori!

Beautiful, Palma. I look forward to your posts just as much for the chance to see your beautiful Italian pottery as for the yummy food you serve on them.

They look just perfect!

YUM! You did a brilliant job, my friend! I'm actually sorry that I didn't get to make one of the shaped pastas. Oh well, something to work on when I get home from Chicago.

This reall has been a brilliant chapter to play about in, hasn't it?

Marcella Hazan:

As I am sure I must have explained somewhere in that homemade pasta chapter, the stickiness of dough that contains milk favors a tight seal when closing the tortelli. No one has mentioned the spoonful of oil I add to the water. This is ONLY for stuffed homemade pasta so that the tortelli slide rather than bump against each other. I do not otherwise ever add oil to pasta water.

About the mattarello, make sure it doesn't have an end resting on the floor. It must hang free and clear otherwise it will warp.

Palma, i tuoi tortelli sono bellissimi! I am gratified to see these great dishes come to llfe through the efforts of the Pomodori. Complimenti.

Great job as usual, Palma! I bet they were yummy!

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