Viola's Cappelletti Viola's Cappelletti

Viola's Cappelletti

By Micaela Malingri

Viola's Cappelletti Viola's Cappelletti
It is a typical Italian tradition to get together before the holidays and happily start to prepare the cappelletti that will be part of the Holiday meal. It is a splendid occasion to gather and share time with friends and family: sometimes, the best part of the party stands in the preparation.
We are happy to share with you this traditional recipe as told by our friend
Viola Buitoni.
Viola descends from a family of pasta makers and chocolate makers. The Buitoni family was the first to industrialize the production of pasta. Viola has made her passion her profession. She lives in San Francisco, where she teaches the everyday art of Italian cooking.
Every Christmas, in the perfect tradition of Italian cuisine, Viola prepares cappelletti, often with the help of her son Ernesto. 

Viola is wearing our Wednesday Shirt in White Muslin.

Ingredients for a family of four:

For the pasta: 6 ounces of white flour,2 ounces of semolina flour, three eggs, one pinch of salt.
For the filling: 1/2 lbs ground pork, 1/3 lbs ground beef, 1/4 lbs finely chopped Prosciutto, 1/4 lbs grated Parmigiano, one egg, salt and pepper, and grated nutmeg until you can smell it without bending on the mixing bowl.
First of all, prepare the pasta. After mixing the flours and salt thoroughly, form a mountain with the eggs in the center and slowly mix with the help of bench scrapers. Start kneading vigorously for at least 5/6 minutes until the dough has reached the required elasticity and lost the smell of flour. Viola says, "you need to use all your five senses to cook." Pack the mixture in parchment paper and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
Prepare the filling combining the ingredients with the help of a food processor to mix thoroughly. 
Now it's time to roll the dough with a rolling pin after lightly sprinkling the chopping board with flour. Pull the pasta until it is about 3mm (0.1 inches) thick. Cut the dough into circles and place a teaspoon of filling in the center.
It's a team effort! Share a laugh, a conversation, a glass of hot cider, listen to music, bond!
Pure poetry!!


Cooking Instructions

Bring to a boil lightly salted water and throw the cappelletti, they will be ready when they come to the surface. Add a few more minutes if you don't like pasta al dente.
There is nothing wrong with trying one before you drain them all!


You can enjoy your cappelletti simply stir-fried with melted butter and Parmesan, but they are also delicious in broth or with your favorite sauce.


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