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Classic Italian Tortellini

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  Fettucini alfredo 5 Ounce (1 Packet, Pasta Dough)
  Vegetable oil 1 Tablespoon
  Frozen chopped spinach 10 Ounce, thawed (1 Package)
  Ricotta cheese/Cream-style cottage cheese 1 Pound (1 Carton)
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Grated nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground beef 1 Pound
  Tomato sauce 30 Ounce (2 Cans Of 15 Ounce Each)
  Dry red wine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

1. Roll out Fettucini Alfredo dough, one-quarter at a time, on a pastry board lightly sprinkled with cornstarch, until thin enough to read the cover of a book through the dough.
2. Cut out dough with a 3-inch round cutter. (You will get about 96 rounds.)
3. Press all water out of spinach and drain on paper toweling. Combine spinach, ricotta or cot-tage cheese, salt and nutmeg in a small bowl. Place 1/2 teaspoon on each round; fold in half and press edges tightly together to seal and twist into a crescent shape. Continue until all rounds are filled. (You will have extra filling.)
4. Cook pasta, 24 at a time, in a large kettle of boiling water, to which 2 tablespoons salt and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil have been added, 10 minutes, or just until tender; drain.
5. Press ground beef into a large patty in a large skillet. Brown on one side for 5 minutes; turn and brown 5 minutes on second side. Drain off excess fat and chop into tiny pieces. Stir in tomato sauce and wine. Simmer 10 minutes.
6. Layer pasta, remaining filling and tomato mixture in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
7. Bake in moderate oven (350°) 30 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly-hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
70 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 513 Calories from Fat 302

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 34 g52%

Saturated Fat 14.5 g72.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 94.5 mg31.5%

Sodium 561.2 mg23.4%

Total Carbohydrates 23 g7.7%

Dietary Fiber 3.4 g13.7%

Sugars 8.4 g

Protein 26 g51.1%

Vitamin A 111.2% Vitamin C 53.1%

Calcium 24.1% Iron 20.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Classic Italian Tortellini Recipe