Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pasta in small rings stuffed usually with meat or cheese and served in soup or with a sauce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. small, ring-shaped pasta, stuffed with meat, cheese etc; eaten with a sauce or in a soup

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small ring-shaped stuffed pasta

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of tortelli, a kind of pasta, pl. diminutive of torta, cake, from Late Latin torta, a kind of bread.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Using pesto on tortellini is a bit tricky, because of all the nooks and crannies that lumps of your pesto can sink into.

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  • Copper Pot will have maple-roasted pumpkin tortellini and it’s last call for the beer can chicken ravioli.

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  • Check out the maple roasted-pumpkin tortellini from Copper Pot; it’s the last week for its beer can chicken ravioli, and the last week for peaches.

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  • For my primi, being perfectly willing to see a theme all the way through to the end, I had Ravioli al Tuorlo d’uovo, di seirass della Valle Pellice e Murazzano D.O.P.: saffron colored pasta envelopes that we call tortellini in New York, filled with a mixture of ricotta and Valle Pellice, the milky ricotta tempering the more strong, salty aged cheese.

    Italy

  • Barilla has this fantastic (and shockingly cheap) spinach/ricotta tortellini, which is functioning as my lunch right now.

    February 20th, 2005

  • In Bologna they are also called tortellini; but in Romagna tortellini are made from little disks instead of little squares making them look more like a belly button than a hat.

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  • She helped Allie set out hummus, dolmas, raita, fruit salad, and an Asian kind of tortellini with hot peanut sauce.

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  • Freeze the pasta on a baking sheet so the individual "tortellini" don't stick together.

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  • Spotted in the lounge over the past two weeks: Fava bean "tortellini" with globe artichokes, garlic chips, wilted dandelion greens as well as "macaroni and cheese" - a mascarpone-enriched orzo with butter poached Nova Scotia lobster, parmesan crisp, and lobster broth.

    Restaurant Girl

  • It is convenient that "tortellini" is one of my least-favourite words of all time, since it is also my least-favourite pasta of all time, and therefore rarely have to say it (although maybe my hatred of tortellini the food is merely a coping mechanism?).

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