I've made homemade pasta before so I was somewhat prepared. It's time consuming, but not overly difficult (minus all that kneading and working the pasta - bonus arm workout!). We started in the morning by making the pasta and finished up just in time for dinner. Nanda already had the filling made so we didn't have to worry about making it. The most time-consuming part? Folding all that pasta! Nanda told us later (after she realized we were catching on) that she was worried that we would struggle with the folding part. It definitely takes some practice - watching her whip through them like it was nothing was so neat, you could tell she had made these a time or two ;)
As you will see my little cousin's son helped us all day by taking the finished tortellis and laying them neatly braided-side down. By the time we were finished, we had made 714 (Nicole's crazy and counted!) tortelli - all handmade. No Kitchen Aid mixer in this household! Remember how I said this dish is a huge labor of love? ;) The filling is made from a special type of squash that I have never seen in the US before - however Russ found and purchased seeds online so both him and my Dad are just thrilled that they will hopefully get this dish here in the US by next Fall! I'm excited, too, just maybe a little more hesitant with my excitement since I'll be the one doing all the work! ha!
I took some pictures - not necessarily to remind me how to make the tortelli, but to remember the day. Enjoy!