Parsley Tortelloni, Gratifico

An invention of the Middle Ages, a combination of the art of pasta and the art of pastry-making.

A lasagna-like sheet of pasta, with soft-wheat flour and egg, cut into small pieces, each wrapped around a filling that can be savoury (vegetables, meat, charcuterie, cheese) or sweet (jams, preserved fruits, raisins, candied fruit, biscuits). Tortelloni were cooked in two different ways: boiled in water or broth and served with cheese and spices, or fried and sweetened with sugar and honey.