While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.
If you liked it, then you should have stuffed a ring with it. Hands up for February 13, National Tortellini Day.
Depending on who's telling the tale, legend has it that the goddess Venus was traveling through Northern Italy with Bacchus, Mars, Jupiter or a combination thereof (or it was possibly Lucrezia Borgia, flying solo), and decided to stop at an inn for the night. Either abandonment or romantic frolicking ensued and a chivalrous or libidinous innkeeper peered in through the keyhole. He got an eyeful of Venus' (or Borgia's) nekkid navel and was so very moved as to craft a pasta tribute in its likeness.
Creepy, yes, but don't let that stand between you and a bowlful of this Emilia-Romagna masterpiece.
Brush a wash of of egg mixed with 1/2 teaspoon water on the edges, then fold the dough in half, making a triangle or half moon (depending on the shape you've selected) and press the edges together to seal them. Then hold the sealed pocket with the rounded side toward you, draw the points together, overlap them and press to seal into a ring shape. Ecco - tortellini!
Make about 20 per person and let them sit for an hour or two before cooking in rich broth for a classic tortellini en brodo. Or, boil them briefly in salted water and serve with brown butter and sage, a simple tomato or vodka sauce or fresh, pungent pesto.
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