Crispy Tortellini and Tomato Dipping Sauce

You’re about to fall in love with these crispy, cheesy tortellini dunked in a creamy tomato sauce.

Crispy Tortellini and Tomato Dipping Sauce

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 football-watching 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 and Tomato Dipping SauceCrispy Tortellini and Tomato Dipping SauceClick here for the creamy tomato dipping sauce recipe.

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You're about to fall in love with these crispy, cheesy tortellini dunked in a creamy tomato sauce.
Recipe Type: Appetizer
Serves: 6 servings
Creamy Tomato Sauce
  • Click the link above for the recipe.
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
  • ¾ 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. Click the link above for the recipe.
Tortellini Bites:
  1. While the sauce cooks, get ready to fry the tortellini.
  2. Whisk the eggs with water in a bowl, set aside. Mix the panko bread crumbs with the parmesan, lemon zest and garlic salt.
  3. 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.
  4. Place a large nonstick frying pan over high heat and add enough oil to cover the bottom. Heat until hot, but not smoking.
  5. 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.
  6. Sprinkle the tortellini bites with parmesan, parsley, salt and pepper and serve with tomato sauce and lemon wedges.


Cathy Roma

Cathy Roma is the voice behind the blog What Should I Make For... where her creative recipes are accompanied by vivid photos and whimsical anecdotes about her life. Her aptly titled blog was conceived after family and friends often turned to her asking, “What should I make for a quick dinner, party or an easy side?”. It features a variety of cuisines, techniques, and foods, both savory and sweet. Cathy is the former owner of Swirled Bakery, a local online bakery that specialized in cookies and confections and she received her degree in culinary arts from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. A resident of South Orange, she is inspired everyday by her vibrant, artistic community and fresh, local ingredients.

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