An Emilia-Romagna Christmas Tradition

One of the most special things about the festive season is coming together with loved ones and taking part in traditions, whether it be through the way you celebrate Christmas or the food that is prepared on the day.

Italian culture is full of long-lasting traditions and each region of Italy celebrates Christmas in their own unique way, preparing dishes that are typical of the region and its produce.

For the region of Emilia-Romagna, no Christmas would be complete without a serving of their famous ‘Tortellini in brodo’ or Tortellini in broth.
Although the exact origin of tortellini has always been disputed between the cities of Bologna and Modena, it is certain that the pasta was invented within the region of Emilia.

The traditional ‘primo’, or first course, is made with a small ring-shaped egg pasta which is usually stuffed with cheese and various meats that can include mortadella, Parmigiano Reggiano and prosciutto. The pasta is cooked and served in a clear broth of either beef or chicken then topped with grated Parmigiano cheese.

Although this typical dish can be enjoyed all year round, it is most traditionally prepared during the Christmas period as a winter-warmer against the cold winter weather.

Why not try making them yourself this Christmas with Veroni mortadella and prosciutto


More from Veroni

Spelt with Apple, Radicchio and Speck

An easy meal to bring over to friend’s or on your next outing…


Pizza Bianca with Mortadella and Bufala

A fun recipe to make with the kids or together with friends…


Tomatoes Stuffed with Couscous and Mortadella

Fresh summer flavors that are light but filling for any occasion…


Prosciutto crudo: la stagionatura è un’arte

Veroni svela tutti i segreti della fase di lavorazione più importante


Getting to Know Veroni Speck

Get to know a cured meat from the Northern region of Trentino in Italy…


Back to School Snacks

Our suggestions to keep your kid’s lunchboxes wholesome and tasty…


5 consigli per una tavola estiva con Veroni

L’estate è il momento perfetto per godersi pranzi e cene all’aperto. Ecco cinque nostri consigli per portare l’estate a tavola!


Veroni Mortadella History

From our humble beginnings to our ‘giant mortadella’…



Back to Homepage