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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Recent Examples on the Web Jenny makes tortellini, and the family sits down to dinner. Washington Post, "Two parents, two jobs, two young kids. One day after another.," 8 May 2020 What to expect: Head to the bar and lounge of this upscale steakhouse for $6 beers; $10 Lil’ Brgs sliders, crab tortellini and short rib ravioli; and $12 shrimp cocktail, bigeye tuna tartare and strawberry cobbler and cucumber stiletto cocktails. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Best happy hours and dining deals on the Las Vegas Strip: Where to eat well and save money," 6 Mar. 2020 But my favorite recipe is tortellini in brodo di cappone. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "18 Italian Hotel Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes to Help You Get a Taste of Italy at Home," 6 Apr. 2020 Barsotti often serves it on tortellini at Nonna (smashing the meatballs), and over penne when cooking for his kids at home. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "Magic meatballs: Dallas chefs share recipes for their Italian and Afghan specialties," 17 Feb. 2020 There are five varieties in microwavable, BPA-free pouches: Grilled chicken and broccoli over rice; fajita chicken and vegetables over rice; chicken with corn over rice, cheese or meat tortellini in a tomato sauce. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Garden Fresh salsa founder launches new microwavable meals," 2 Apr. 2020 Amy’s Kitchen’s Pesto Tortellini Bowl is made with organic wheat-flour tortellini that’s stuffed with ricotta cheese for a satisfying bite that won’t get gummy or overcooked. Sunset Magazine, "The 99 Pantry Items We Can’t Live Without, from the Ultimate Olive Oil to Heirloom Turmeric," 25 Feb. 2020 In Italy, brodo for tortellini is meant to be a little restrained. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Alfred Portale Writes a Second Act, in Italian," 4 Feb. 2020 The menu, helmed by chef de cuisine Karime López, includes elevated yet lively dishes like pork buns, purple corn tostada, burgers, and tortellini. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Gucci’s Restaurant Just Got a Michelin Star," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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“Tortellini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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