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Crispy Tortellini Bites with Creamy Tomato Sauce

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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

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 40 min
  • Cooking Time: 30 min


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 - 28 oz can tomato puree
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, minced
  • 1½ tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 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
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper
  • *Grated parmesan cheese, minced parsley and lemon wedges


  1. Creamy Tomato Sauce: 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. Tortellini Bites: While the sauce cooks, get ready to fry the tortellini.
  7. Whisk the eggs with water in a bowl, set aside. Mix the panko bread crumbs with the parmesan, lemon zest and garlic salt.
  8. 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.
  9. Place a large nonstick frying pan over high heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom. Heat until hot, but not smoking.
  10. 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.
  11. Sprinkle the tortellini bites with parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper and serve with tomato sauce and lemon wedges.

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