Homemade Tortellini

This homemade tortellini recipe is one of the best fresh pastas you’ll come across! This is one of the easiest and best fresh pasta dough recipes out there.

Because you are free to use any filing you can imagine, the possibilities are limitless. Imagine, think, cook and make your own homemade tortellini just like that!

At my-pasta-recipes.com we are all about making you a chef! Teaching you the fine art of Italian cooking; and it doesn’t get more Italian than with homemade tortellini!

This homemade tortellini recipe is affordable, easy to make and will really give you the Italian taste you want! All you need is some flour, an egg and some filing of your choice!

homemade tortellini

Techniques you’ll learn with this recipe

  • How to make fresh pasta from scratch
  • That you don’t need that much ingredients
  • How making a dough works: Dry & wet = dough

With the recipe you want to invest

  • About 20min kitchen time
  • About 30min to rest the dough
  • About $5 for 16 ounces or 500 grams of fresh dough

Homemade Tortellini step-by-step

Homemade Tortellini Ingredients

Ingredient How much Imperial How much Metric
Olive oil 1 tablespoon 1 tablespoon
Egg 3 eggs 3 eggs
Flour 16 ounces 500 grams
A Filling 16 ounces 500 grams
Salt 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon

Tortellini Filling

You can make just about any filing you like. Just be sure that the ingredients you use are okay to eat raw or cook them first. Use 1 ingredient such as cheese, or mix ingredients such as spinach & cheese. Your imagination is the limit here, be creative! Just make sure the ingredients you use are not too wet (e.g. drain your spinach).

Some traditional ideas for a great Tortellini filing:

  • Cooked and drained spinach
  • Cheese (ricotta, goat, cream-cheese, etc)
  • Baked bacon
  • Baked bacon with cheese
  • Salmon
  • Ham
  • Olives
  • Tuna & Capers
  • Pesto
  • Chopped Chicken with herbs
  • Etc, you got this! Be creative!

Homemade Tortellini Preparation

  • Wash your hands
  • Clean a surface such as your table kitchen

Homemade Tortellini Instructions

  1. Put the flour and salt in a bowl
  2. Make a little well in the center of the flour
  3. Add the eggs and oil in the center of the bowl
  4. Mix, whisk and knead the dough. Although this may seem simple, you really need to make an effort here.
    1. Start with a fork. Because the mixture might be too wet in the beginning it will really stick to your hands.
    2. When the dough is too thick to whisk with a fork, continue with your hands. You might want to knead this on a larger surface such as your kitchen table.
    3. The dough is ready when you have nice, smooth and even ball of dough
  5. When the dough is not smooth:
    1. Too wet: Add some flour
    2. Too dry: Add some oil or a bit of egg
  6. Take the smooth ball of dough and wrap it loosely in plastic so it can rest. You may also put it back in the bowl and put a cloth over the bowl. Both methods are okay!
  7. Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.
  8. Split the dough in 4 even parts. This makes it easier to work with the dough.
  9. Use the rolling pin or a pasta machine and roll the dough as thin as possible! If you use a rolling pin, add some flour on the surface so the dough won’t stick. Like really thin, it should almost be possible to look through it.
  10. Now you should have a nice, thin and smooth sheet of fresh pasta dough!
  11. Create any form, shape of pasta to cook! Read our other articles about how to make for example spaghetti or macaroni shaped pasta!
  12. Cut the fresh pasta dough into 1 inch or 2cm squares
  13. Add a little filling in the middle
  14. Close the pasta squares by taking the top angle to the bottom angle
  15. You will have a triangle shaped pasta now
  16. Close all the sides with a fork
  17. Now, bring the long sides of the triangle shapes together to get a tortellini shape