by Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi

This classic spinach and ricotta fresh tortellini made by grandmothers all over Italy - it's a labour of love, but worth it.

Main course

Buyer's guide

Tortellini can be bought dried and fresh, with a variety of fillings. Fresh gives the best flavour and texture.


Fresh tortellini should be refrigerated, and can be frozen. Packs of dried tortellini will keep for months.


Cook tortellini in boiling water, following the packet instructions. Serve simply with melted butter, or with cream, tomato or mushroom sauces. Tortellini can also be baked in gratins or added to soups.