tor·​tel·​li·​ni | \ ˌtȯr-tə-ˈlē-nē How to pronounce tortellini (audio) \
plural tortellini also tortellinis

Definition of tortellini

: pasta in the form of little ring-shaped cases containing a filling (as of meat or cheese)

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Favorite meals include steak or chicken with quinoa salad and tortellini with vegetables. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Mountain Biking Is Hard—Now Try it on a Unicycle," 11 Aug. 2018 Three-ring binders and sharpened pencils, three-cheese tortellini and shaved Parmesan. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Savoring the school lunch — and the connection of the routine," 5 Sep. 2018 Her 18-year-old granddaughter, Valentina Ciminera, who was carrying out a big bag of ravioli and tortellini for her, enthusiastically confirmed the veracity of this statement. New York Times, "The Long-Running Pasta Show of Queens," 15 May 2018 At entree time, the cheese tortellini certainly provided flavor, though a rather heavy butternut squash and sage butter sauce made everything a bit mushy. Tim Smith,, "Mt. Washington Tavern maintains its appeal with vibrant food, lively spaces," 14 June 2018 Enjoy $12 strawberry Prosecco and free appetizers (including one from the show), such as toro tuna tostada and kobe beef tortellini. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Best food and drink events in Phoenix this summer," 4 June 2018 Other stops include production areas for some of Italy's most iconic foods: tortellini, prosciutto di Parma, balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Rosemary Mcclure,, "Follow these California chefs on a bicycle ride through Italy's Emilia-Romagna region," 1 May 2018 With menu options like steamed buns with pork belly, hamburgers served in neon pink Gucci boxes, and tortellini, there’s something for everyone. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Florence Renaissance: How to Experience the Historic City Now," 4 Apr. 2018 The tortellini was as hearty and rejuvenating as the veal was delicate and inspirational. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Pesto Ristorante a solid addition to Olmos Park," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of tortellini

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tortellini

Italian, plural of tortellino pasta round, diminutive of tortello, from torta cake

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English Language Learners Definition of tortellini

: pasta in the form of small, ring-shaped cases containing meat, cheese, etc.

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