Quick and easy.
That’s what most recipe videos, food-delivery meal kit systems and the whole of internet culinary culture seem to sell to the would-be home cook—and why not? Life is busy and time moves fast. You want to provide yourself, family and friends with nutritious and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. You don’t need another big task on your to-do list.
Still, there’s a lot of love to be gleaned from the old cooking traditions, and there’s a lot of fun to be had in the kitchen if you take a step back and make some meals a momentous occasion, maybe even a memory that will last a lifetime.
Enter the Tutore Italian Cooking School in Chicago. Turtore was opened by two chefs, Dean Zanella and James De Marte, who noticed a generation of food-makers intimated by the thought of making really good meals.
Dean Zanella and James De Marte
At Tutore, Zanella and De Marte teach Italian cooking techniques and traditions that are much simpler and more enjoyable than anyone might realize. To prove it, chef Zanella is sharing his recipe for ricotta tortellini with English peas and pecorino with our readers below.
“This recipe resonates with both chef James and I on a few notes because of the seasonality of the fresh peas,” Zanella says, “which reminds us both of springtime (for James, it is shucking cases of peas in Italy and for me, when they first came out of my father’s garden, super sweet tasting). Also, part of the reason we opened Tutore is to get people back to cooking in their home kitchens, and fresh pasta always sparks the memories of sitting around the family table making hundreds (sometimes thousands) of cappelletti, ravioli and such.”
From making your own pasta dough to mixing the perfect filling, this step-by-step recipe walks you through every moment of this timeless dish. There’s no need to be intimidated, but it might make you look like an award-winning chef at your next dinner gathering. Of course, it’s the perfect activity to share with friends, kids and family, too!
To Cook the Pasta
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Photography by: Courtesy of Tutore Italian Cooking School