Spinach tortellini with bolognese sauce

This is a recipe I made in January 2023. It is a mixture of different recipes I found online. As a decent researcher I should cite these sources, but most of these sources I can not find on the internet anymore. The main source for the pasta dough is "Pastabijbel" by Roberta Pagnier.

Pasta dough



  1. Cook the spinach for 3 minutes in boiling water.
  2. Remove the water thoroughly from the spinach.
  3. Crush the spinach in the kitchen machine untill it is a smooth paste.
  4. Stir the three eggs and add the spinach and the olive oil.
  5. Add the oo flour to the eggs and spinach and mix thoroughly.
  6. Knead the dough firmly for at least 15 minutes.
  7. Put the dough in a bowl with a wet towel covering it.
  8. Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes (preferably longer).

Bolognese sauce



  1. Cut the carrots, white onions and celery into small bits. This is preferably too small than to big!
  2. Put some olive oil in a big frying pan and fry the minced meat untill all the water is evaporated and there is only minced meat and olive oil left.
  3. Add the carrots, white onions and celery to the pan. Fry the vegetables for approximately 3 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato puree to the bottom of the pan and fry for a minute to temper the acidity.
  5. Add the peeled tomatoes and crush them in the pan.
  6. Add 500ml bouillon to the pan.
  7. Wait untill most of the bouillon is evaporated and then add some more bouillon. Repeat this procedure for at least one hour (preferably even 3 hours).
  8. When you feel the sauce is done, let the bouillon evaporate until the sauce has the viscosity you want.
  9. Add paprika powder, oregano, black papper and salt according to taste. Add only a little bit of cinnamon, this can really destroy the taste when added to much.



Tortellini pasta before cooking


  1. Roll out the dough as thin as possible, without creating holes. One can do this either by hand or with the help of a machine (makes life a lot easier).
  2. Cut squares of around 3 times 3 centimeter. A bit smaller or bigger is also possible.
  3. Make sure you put some flour on the dough so it will not stick together when you are done.
  4. Put some water on one of the sides of the all the squares, and add some bolognese sauce in the middle.
  5. Fold the squares into triangles and attach the side to each other, while also pushing out all the excess air. Use a fork to attach the sides firmly.
  6. Fold the triangle around your finger and attach the two corners with some water. This will result in a crown-like shape.
Tortellini pasta during cooking Tortellini pasta during cooking

Make a big bowl of cooking water with salt. Add the salt once the water starts bowling.

Add the tortellini to the water set a timer for 3 minutes.

After the 3 minutes we get the tortellini from the water and put them in a pan together with some hot bolognese sauce.

Cover the tortellini all round with bolognese sauce.

Put the tortellini on a plate, together with some parmesan cheese and basil. Put some drops of extra virgin olive oil over the plate.

Serve the dish together with the burrata.

Tortellini pasta after cooking Tortellini pasta after cooking Tortellini pasta after cooking