The tale of tortellini is steeped, poetically, in art history. You might well be familiar with the famous Renaissance painting by Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus, which depicts the goddess of love and beauty emerging from a clam shell, carried onto the shore by a wave. Whilst this image may not conjure up associations with the small parcels of pasta in question here, they are more closely connected than you might expect. As legend has it, an innkeeper in Castelfranco Emilia, a town near Modena in the region of Emilia-Romagna, is said to have spied on one of his guests, Venus, through the keyhole of her door. In this partial glimpse, he was awestruck by her beauty. Besides himself, he rushed to his kitchen where it is said he created a new form of pasta, modelled on the goddess’ naval.
In our tribute to the cuisine of Emilia-Romagna we have encased delicious morsels of Prosciutto in our dinky, hand-crafted tortellini and we serve them suspended, in all their majesty, in a traditional Italian broth, known as brodo. This dish often features as part of the Christmas spread in Italy and families often craft the tortellini together to kickstart the festivities! The simplicity of the brodo accentuates the flavour of the salty Prosciutto. This meaty delicacy is another treasure of the Emilia-Romagna region and the unique flavour palette of this dry-cured ham is, in part, a result of the strict diet of the local pigs. They are fed only maize, barley, chestnuts and, crucially, liquid whey drained from Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Embrace the festive spirit as we pay homage to some of Italy’s culinary Christmas traditions with this tasty dish!
Note: Please consume or freeze our pasta and sauces within 2 days of delivery.
Allergens in BOLD & CAPITALISED:
Pasta (Durum WHEAT Semola, WHEAT Flour, Free Range Pasteurised EGG (18%), Rice Flour), Filling (Dry Cured Ham (61%), Mortadella, Hard Grated Cheese (MILK, Salt, Rennet (Microbial Coagulant), EGG Lysozyme), Breadcrumbs (WHEAT), Emulsifier (Potato Flakes, Starch, Rice Cream, Vegetable Fibre), Salt, Black Pepper, Natural Flavours)
Water, Chicken (21.3%), Soffritto Misto (Onion, Carrot , CELERY), Salt, Chicken Bouillon Paste (Salt, Potato Starch, Vegetable Oil (Palm), Maltodextrin, Flavourings, Chicken Fat, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Chicken Extract, Carrots, Sage, Spices (Turmeric, Pepper, CELERY Seeds), Antioxidants (Extracts of Rosemary, Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Propyl Gallate)
MILK, Salt, Rennet (Microbial Coagulant), EGG Lysozyme
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Calories per serving: 519kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g:
- Energy 445kJ
- Calories 106kcal
- Fat 3.7g
- Of which saturates 1.5g
- Carbohydrates 8.3g
- Of which sugars 0.8g
- Protein 9.8g
- Salt 2.1g