Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce

February 4, 2017 By Cathy — 14 Comments
Be warned! One dunk of these crispy, crunchy tortellini bites into creamy tomato sauce and you won’t be able to stop!

Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Oh hey! Fancy meeting you here on a Saturday. I’m just popping in for a quickie (eh hem) because I couldn’t let you Super Bowl without one more crazy good bite.

Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce


Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Yep, these babies are crunchy, cheesy and highly additive. Allow me to introduce you to crispy tortellini bites…your new best friend. This is everything you want in a Super Bowl snack…a little salty, a little cheesy, a little saucy and a whole lot of flavor. I’ve paired it with a creamy tomato sauce for a little sweetness and a squeeze of lemon for a little zing.

While best eaten as soon as they’re made, you can make them an hour or two ahead and reheat them in a warm oven. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll have to test one or two each time you fry a batch just to make sure they’re okay. And I promise they’ll be okay.

Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce


Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce

So like I said, short and sweet today. Have a great weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl. I can’t promise you I’ll watch the game, but I can promise you I’ll enjoy the food!

Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Be warned! One dunk of these crispy, crunchy tortellini bites into creamy tomato sauce and you won't be able to stop!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: fried tortellini
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 592 kcal
Creamy Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 28 oz can tomato puree
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, dried
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
Tortellini Bites
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 1 lb fresh tortellini, cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 eggs, beaten with 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper
  • *Grated parmesan cheese, minced parsley and lemon wedges
Creamy Tomato Sauce
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add the onion and saute for 2 mins. Add the garlic and saute until until garlic and onions are soft and just golden.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1-2 mins.
  4. Add the tomato puree, heavy cream, parmesan, Italian seasoning, parsley, sugar, chili flakes and salt.
  5. Stir well and simmer over low heat, uncovered for 30 mins.
  6. While the sauce cooks, get ready to fry the tortellini.

Tortellini Bites
  1. Whisk the eggs with water in a bowl, set aside. Mix the panko bread crumbs with the parmesan, lemon zest and garlic salt.
  2. Take a handful of the tortellini and toss it in the beaten eggs. Use a slotted spoon to remove and toss them into the breadcrumbs until well coated. Place the breaded tortellini on a plate and repeat with the remaining tortellini.
  3. Place a large nonstick frying pan over high heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom. Heat until hot, but not smoking.
  4. Add tortellini in a single layer but don't crowd the pan. Fry until golden brown, flip and fry the other side until golden brown, about 3 mins total. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining tortellini.
  5. Sprinkle the tortellini bites with parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper and serve with tomato sauce and lemon wedges.
Nutrition Facts
Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 135mg 45%
Sodium 1627mg 68%
Potassium 749mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 64g 21%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 12g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 28.8%
Vitamin C 21.8%
Calcium 40.1%
Iron 32.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce

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Filed Under: Appetizers/Snacks, Recipe


14 responses to “Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce”

  1. What a creative idea! I’ll bet these are delicious. Love that crispy coating.

  2. Mouthwatering, delicious and easy meal, Cathy! Perfect idea for a rich lunch.

  3. These look delicious Cathy! They remind me of one of my favorites when I visit my sister in St. Louis, toasted ravioli. I never thought of using tortellini. Great idea! Hope you enjoy the Super Bowl!

  4. When I saw these on Instagram I almost died, Cathy… in the very best way of course. These look absolutely AMAZING. I don’t care that super bowl is over, I want these for dinner tonight!! I’ve had fried ravioli before, but never tortellini! GENIUS! That creamy tomato sauce for dipping looks like heaven. Can’t wait to try these! Pinned! Cheers!

  5. Yep, I’ve made toasted ravioli but never tortellini! This is happening! And I love that creamy sauce! Delicious!!

  6. Cindy says:

    Oh wow, I love how the salt pops on the crispy panko. YUMMY! I am with Cheyanne, superbowl – smooperbowl, these are great for tonight’s dinner. This is a fun way to amp up a weeknight meal. My kids are going to ask you to adopt them. How do you feel about bi-coastal parenting, eh?

    • Cathy says:

      I’m all for bi-coastal parenting Cindy. But that means you’re going to get two boys with a giant sweet tooth heading your way!

  7. “Popping in for a quickie”……bahahahahaha 😀 Good one! Saw these on IG, Cathy, and they look so good! What a unique idea! I would probably eat this entire batch and not even realize it. Perfect game day (or weekend) eats!

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