An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Friday, December 21, 2007

Un tradizione italiano

What does our family do when the boys are out of school and my husband takes off the week before Christmas? We assemble in Nonna and Nonno's kitchen in the early morning to make 500 handmade tortellini! On Christmas Eve at our house we serve the tortellini with a bechamel sauce, and on Christmas day at Nonna and Nonno's house we serve them in a broth. Believe it or not, with my sister and brother and their families coming in town for the holidays, ALL 500 tortellini will be eaten; in fact, every year we assign an official "counter" to make sure everyone gets the same amount on their plates . . . we're THAT serious about our tortellini. (One year Nonna felt sorry for my brother the "starving" med student and tried to give him extra . . . well, let's just say that the rest of us put a stop to that! And when my husband and I tried to claim more because we were the ones that actually helped make them . . . well, that didn't work either!)

Our toddler helping Nonno with the pasta machine

500 handmade tortellini. . .

Buon Appetito!


Karen said...

Oh, wow! They look so yummy, but like so, so much work. What a great Christmas tradition.

Lisa said...

I've read of this tradition, and always thought it soo wonderful! How long does it take to make 500 tortellini??

Bia said...

karen, lisa- it takes about three hours, but it passes quickly with everyone chatting and listening/singing Christmas songs. There is also laughter because my Mom (Nonna) always tries to tell my boys a story from a famous opera, which makes them groan and complain that operas are "dumb" because everyone dies in the end (but being boys, I know they prefer these endings rather than a sweet and sappy one!). So you see, the work goes by quickly! God bless.

suburbancorrespondent said...

That looks like such fun! Yum!