1egg, lightly beaten, for eggwashTo serve:extra-virgin olive oil, torn baby basil and shaved parmesanTomato sugo2 kgvery ripe Roma tomatoes, halved lengthways6garlic cloves125 ml (½ cup)extra-virgin olive oilPasta dough250 gm(1 2/3 cups) plain flour3eggs1-2 tbspolive oilRicotta filling200 gmfirm ricotta120 gmparmesan, finely grated1egg
For tomato sugo, preheat oven to 180C. Squeeze tomatoes to remove seeds and excess liquid (discard), place in a large roasting pan with garlic, drizzle with oil, season to taste and roast until very tender (45-50 minutes). Cool slightly then pass through a fine mouli (see note) and season to taste, adding a pinch of sugar if tomatoes aren’t sweet enough.
For pasta dough, combine flour and 1 tsp fine sea salt in a food processor and, with motor running, add eggs one at a time, then add olive oil until dough just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth (4-5 minutes). Wrap in plastic wrap and set aside to rest (30 minutes).
Meanwhile, for ricotta filling, combine ricotta, parmesan and egg in a bowl, season to taste and refrigerate until required.
Divide pasta dough into 3, then, working with a piece at a time, feed through pasta machine rollers, starting at the widest setting. Lightly flour dough as you fold and feed it through, reducing settings notch by notch until you reach the second-narrowest setting. Cut out 7cm-diameter rounds from pasta (discard scraps), place 2 tsp ricotta filling in the centre of each round, brush edges with eggwash, fold pasta over to form a half-moon. Press edges to seal, then bring tips together and pinch to seal. Place on a lightly floured tray.
Reheat tomato sugo in a saucepan and keep warm. Cook tortellini in a large saucepan of simmering salted water until they float (1-2 minutes), then drain well. Divide sugo among serving plates, top with tortellini, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil, scatter with basil and parmesan, season to taste and serve hot.
Note If you don’t have a mouli, process the tomato mixture in a food processor and pass through a fine sieve instead.
This recipe is from the April 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.