Pasta Shaping Tutorial: Tortellini & Tortelloni

Sour Cherry Tortelloni filled with Chocolate

Many people consider making homemade pasta time consuming and difficult. Well, it’s not. All you need is a little practice :)

Tortellini - step 1Tortelloni - step 1

Place some filling in the middle of dough.
Circle for tortellini and square for tortelloni.

Tortellini - step 2Tortelloni - step 2


Tortellini - step 3Tortelloni - step 3

Press the edges.

Tortellini - step 4Tortelloni - step 4

Grab like this.

Tortellini - step 5Tortelloni - step 5

And wrap around your finger.

Tortellini - step 6Tortelloni - finished

Voilà! You’re donne.

Edit: Check out how Angie used this tutorial to make the cutest felt pasta!

An some happy news! My Clementine Pork has won DMBLGIT in category of Aesthetics :)

DMBLGIT December 2008

Thank you Arfi, Alessandro, Bron, Melody, Peter and Sabra! I am honored and happy! And of course, thank you Sanja for providing me with the opportunity to make such a beautiful dish for Sale & Pepe!


Note: I’m sending this to Ruth of Once Upon a Feast for Presto Pasta Nights. If you’d like to participate, send your entries to ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com.

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  • Daily Spud January 6, 2009 9:57 am

    Fantastic – you’ve made that all so simple and clear. Makes me want to make some pasta shapes of my own!

  • The Other Tiger January 6, 2009 11:32 am

    Wow, that actually looks like something I could do! I’ll have to suggest trying these to my husband the next time he gets the urge to make homemade pasta.

  • Colin Woon January 6, 2009 11:52 am

    Beautiful works and wonderful capture! Love the progress shots!

  • Anonymous January 6, 2009 12:30 pm

    You make it look so easy… M

  • maslinka January 6, 2009 2:26 pm

    predivno objasnjeno… nikad nisam pravila a bas sam planirala… ali kada se malo uzelim hrane :)

  • Y January 6, 2009 3:27 pm

    Congrats on your award! :)

  • Hayley January 6, 2009 3:39 pm

    I just got a pasta maker the other day, and this tutorial will be so helpful. Love the blog!

  • Maryann January 6, 2009 4:49 pm

    Congrats on your DMBLGIT win! Pasta is so easy, just like you said. Your photos look like you did it with one hand..well, just a few fingers LOL

  • mamajac January 6, 2009 5:02 pm

    Plain, simple, beautiful. I have never made pasta myself, and you made me wanna try…p.s. izvini ako se malo nalupetam engleskog, moram nekako da vezbam :)

  • Wandering Chopsticks January 6, 2009 5:09 pm

    Congrats! But your blog always looks good. :)I had no idea it was round or square that was the difference between tortellini and tortelloni.

  • Dragon January 6, 2009 7:51 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial. I think I can do it now. :)

  • gaga January 6, 2009 8:39 pm

    Thanks for the step by step. It looks great!

  • Rosa’s Yummy Yums January 6, 2009 11:24 pm

    Great! Your pasta look fantastic! A pro’s work…Cheers,Rosa

  • MeetaK January 7, 2009 12:46 am

    making tortellini and tortelloni has never been easier. this is a great tutorial marija!

  • pigpigscorner January 7, 2009 6:56 am

    They look perfect. Great tutorial!

  • Chez Us January 7, 2009 2:52 pm

    Great tutorial – I am SOO inspired to try this at home now, you make it look so easy! thank you!

  • Maggie January 7, 2009 2:53 pm

    Great tutorial! I needed this a few months back but had to read through some confusing directions.

  • We Are Never Full January 7, 2009 6:19 pm

    beautiful pictures. easy instructions. i hope this convinces more people to make pasta at home. you’re so right – it’s super easy w/ practice. i make it for a weeknight meal sometimes!

  • Ruth Daniels January 9, 2009 6:22 am

    What a fantastic post! Gorgeous photos, great learning and delicious…who could ask for more. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

  • tigerfish January 9, 2009 7:47 pm

    Precious…so precious-looking ;)

  • pixen February 2, 2009 10:01 am

    oh my :-O it’s so delicious and beautiful ! I’d been thinking of doing those shapes for long time but managed only the pastas, raviolis and chinese styles :-( Thank you for the tutorial and the pasta machine will see the light again!!!

  • Miriam June 26, 2009 4:25 am

    I just started making homemade pasta and I thought the shaping of these would be a lot more difficult! I will definitely try my hand at it!Thanks

  • Daziano August 18, 2009 7:30 pm

    Great tutorial!!!

  • Angie Neil December 10, 2009 10:01 pm

    Marija thank you so much for this amazing tutorial!! As you know, I used it to create felt tortelloni – but you've made it look so easy to make I bet I could do it for real too! AND a BIG thank you for linking back to my blog!

  • Linda’s Yummies June 6, 2010 9:52 am

    Great step-by-step photos. Hope mine will come out as good as yours.

  • lee September 16, 2013 7:08 pm

    that is Great thank you

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