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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Rebecca Wilcomb talks about tortellini en brodo the way a Cajun talks about gumbo. Ann Maloney,, "Gianna: New Warehouse District restaurant dishes out travelogue of Italian food," 18 June 2019 An order of tortellini with prosciutto in a creamy sage sauce and a salmon kyerito, plus delivery fee and tip, sets you back $42. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz,, "Foodhaul, a virtual food hall, aims to take control of its own delivery, keep the 30% that third-party apps charge," 17 June 2019 An Italian flutist remembers Luciano telling him to pack a suitcase full of tortellini and prosciutto and other delights when joining the singer on tour. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Pavarotti’s Joy of Living," 4 June 2019 Toss pesto with tortellini to coat and sprinkle with parsley before serving. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chilled Tortellini Romesco," 29 May 2019 Cook tortellini per package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chilled Tortellini Romesco," 29 May 2019 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

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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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