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)

Examples of tortellini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the menu, a local Balsam Farm salad and decadent wild salmon dish were equally delicious appetizers followed by a pea and ricotta tortellini for the main course. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 11 July 2022 For example, a plate of tortellini in Italy that cost $21.24 last year would only cost $17.20 today. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 13 July 2022 For example, a plate of tortellini in Italy that cost $21.24 last year would only cost $18.36 today. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 8 July 2022 Pasta, meat, cheese, vegetables, tortellini, eggs, sausages and even fish are mixed together with besciamella cream sauce and placed inside the dough, which is then folded and cooked in an oven. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 Ricotta was combined with black truffles along with São Jorge cheese tortellini in a sprightly, refreshing lemon-dashi cacio e peperendition. John Mariani, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Do these alternative pasta options perfectly reflect my nonna's tortellini glazed with mushroom sauce? Danielle Bernabe, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2022 Tre Rivali will also serve Easter Bonnet Soup ($9 cup, or $12 bowl) with handmade pork tortellini in chicken broth. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2022 Breakfast favorites, prime rib, lamb, chicken thighs, eggplant Parmesan, tortellini, salmon, seafood fra diavolo, haricot vert and desserts. Susan Dunne,, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Tortellini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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