This report is in the nature of a "do-over". My initial attempt was fraught with problems. Here are a few:
1. It was my first time using a new pasta machine - small black fragments appeared on the first few clumps of pasta that I processed through he machine - almost certainly bits of metal filings - not totally unexpected, if you are aware of the problem. You can't wash the pasta machine in soap & water- have to use soft cloths & brushes to clean as best as possible.
2. The filling was a bit lumpy - should have cut up the pork & chicken a bit finer.
3. I had some difficulty producing acceptable pasta - my inexperience.
4. I was unable to master Marcella's directions as to creating the individual tortellini (tortellinus?).
5. My first use of a new pasta machine & I decided to make tortellini. What was I thinking?
There are a few more things I could likely add, but you get the idea. It wasn't pretty.
My second attempt, the "do-over", while not perfect, was a quantum leap forward, for a number of reasons:
1. I was able to obtain "00" flour - much better with which to make pasta.
2. I had some additional experience with the pasta machine in the interim - also, no black fragments in my pasta.
3. I used a food processor- approved by Marcella - to mix the meat in the filling.
4. I had the use of a couple of gadgets - a pasta cutter & spice grater - not available previously
5. While I never did master Marcella's directions I found help on Youtube.
The ingredients, including the newly-purchased gadgets:
First step in making the pasta:
Strips of pasta ready to be cut & filled:
While I would never claim to be adept at making this pasta, it was an adventure that I enjoyed and the final result, accompanied by a simple tomato sauce with onion and butter AND a couple of glasses of wine, was quite satisfactory.
My opinion of this recipe is a work in progress and largely a reflection of my lack of skill. Is the result worth the time and effort? Will my skills improve? I will try it a few more times - think I know how to make improvements next time at least - pretty sure I ended up using too much flour this time. Hey, how many other people do you know who make tortellini?.