For us, getting chickens really was the slippery slope of eating more locally.  For example:  I never made pasta (or invested in a pasta roller) until we had an excess of eggs.   

This week's impulse idea was tortellini.  After our forays into potstickers, I realized we could probably manage these.

The filling was a cheese and spinach mix:  some of last season's frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of as much juice as possible, and chopped fine.  A few kinds of cheese:  ricotta, parmesan, provolone.  Salt and pepper.  I just did this by eye and to taste.

We rolled the sheets to the thinnest setting.  Most recipes I found called for cutting into 2-inch rounds, though Bittman just used squares and I can see how there would be less waste that way.  They might not turn out quite as cute, however.

Brush the edges with egg white, put a dab of filling in the middle, and fold into crescents, pushing the filling out a bit and removing any airspace.

 Wrap the corners of the crescent around your finger, and seal the overlap with a little more egg white if necessary.

Boil vigorously for 3-5 minutes or until tender.  Best to sample one a few minutes in to be sure not to overcook.  Serve with your favorite sauce--this was summertime roasted tomato sauce flavored simply with a scoop of frozen pesto and some oregano. 

I can see making a ton of these for the freezer, but last night was a run-through: we made just enough for (a rather large) meal.  Out of the freezer with some defrosted sauce would make a super fast dinner, and they would be great for pasta salads in the summertime too. 

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  1. Ooo... we love tortellini but I've never tried to make them myself. One of our local store's house brand is really tasty and it's something that everyone likes. But these look sooooo good.

    1. Might be fun to make with your gang--you could probably crank out a ton in short order, it's pretty fun.

  2. WOW. Those look delicious.

    1. Thanks! They were pretty tasty. Not sure it's one of those "we'll never buy them again" things, but will definitely do it again.


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