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:
Mix, whisk and knead the dough. Although this may seem simple, you really need to make an effort here.
Start with a fork. Because the mixture might be too wet in the beginning it will really stick to your hands.
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.
The dough is ready when you have nice, smooth and even ball of dough
When the dough is not smooth:
Too wet: Add some flour
Too dry: Add some oil or a bit of egg
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!
Let the dough rest for about 30 minutes.
Split the dough in 4 even parts. This makes it easier to work with the dough.
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.
Now you should have a nice, thin and smooth sheet of fresh pasta dough!
Create any form, shape of pasta to cook! Read our other articles about how to make for example spaghetti or macaroni shaped pasta!
Cut the fresh pasta dough into 1 inch or 2cm squares
Add a little filling in the middle
Close the pasta squares by taking the top angle to the bottom angle
You will have a triangle shaped pasta now
Close all the sides with a fork
Now, bring the long sides of the triangle shapes together to get a tortellini shape