Mario Batali's Crab Tortelloni with Scallions and Poppy Seeds


  • 1 pound fresh crab meat
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus 4 scallions
  • 1/4 cup basic tomato sauce
  • 1 recipe basic pasta, rolled out to thinnest setting
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds


  1. 1.

    Bring 6 quarts water to boil; add 2 tablespoons salt.

  2. 2.

    In a mixing bowl, stir together crab, scallions, and basic tomato sauce until well blended. Cut pasta into 4-inch squares; place 1 tablespoon filling in center. Fold into triangles, exude air and seal edges. Bring points of long side together to form a ring (or a hat!) and seal with pressure between fingers. Place tortelloni in water; boil 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt butter with poppy seeds. Drain cooked tortelloni carefully; place gently in pan. Add remaining scallions; toss to coat. Serve immediately.