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 This fold starts off like the half-moon and is similar to a tortellini. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2021 For example, the construction of a tortellini became the base for a bag. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 19 Feb. 2021 Others cooked tortellini over a gas burner on the sidewalk. Sharon Jacobs, National Geographic, 20 Nov. 2020 And when the moon hits your eye, don’t think pizza pie, but rather Milano’s delicate cheese or chicken mezzaluna; alternately, put a ring on it by ordering a package of his tortellini. Joanna O'leary, Chron, 27 Oct. 2020 Add the tortellini, kidney beans and chopped bacon. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2020 The 25-ounce jars of pasta sauce are $3.49, 8-ounce packs of tortellini are $3.49, and 14-ounce packages of zucchette are $1.99. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 5 Oct. 2020 To serve: Spoon the tortellini and sauce onto serving plates., 16 Sep. 2020 Drain the tortellini, reserving some of the pasta water., 16 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of tortellini was circa 1911

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22 Apr 2021

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“Tortellini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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