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Tortelli di patate
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Mugello potato tortelli

Potato tortello is the most traditional of the dishes from the Mugello area which is full of country fairs featuring this speciality in Spring and Summer. Families make them in special occasions with strong meat sauces or plain with butter and sage.
This recipe is taken from a publication of the local tourist authority guaranteeing that the ingredients and the method used are those of the people who make the tortelli for the famous fair at Luco del Mugello. 

For the filling:

  1. 2 kg of white potatoes
  2. 1 bunch of parsley
  3. 4 - 5 cloves of garlic
  4. ½ glass of tomato purée
  5. 2 handfuls of grated parmigiano
  6. 1 pinch of nutmeg
  7. extra-virgin olive oil
  8. salt and pepper

For the pasta:

  1. 1 kg plain flour
  2. 6 eggs
  3. 4 - 5 tblsps extra virgin olive oil
  4. a pinch of salt
  1. Mix the pasta ingredients together, knead well until smooth and even, and allow to rest for 30 minutes or so.
  2. Peel and boil the potatoes.
  3. In the meantime chop the parsley and garlic and sauté together with the tomato purée, parmigiano, nutmeg and salt and pepper.
  4. Drain and mash the potatoes and fold into the sauté mix and allow to cool well.
  5. Roll out the pasta into long, very thin strips and lay a teaspoon of filling every 4-5cms for half of the strip leaving enough margin at both sides. Fold over the empty half of the strip to cover the fillings and seal the pasta between fillings and at the sides. Carefully cut the pasta with a cutting wheel or a sharp knife. Mugello potato tortelli are excellent with mushroom sauce, or a meat sauce made with rabbit or duck.

    Source: www.firenzeturismo.it
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