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Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites with a fork dipping one into Marinara sauce.
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Parmesan Crusted Tortellini Bites

These Fried Tortellini Bites are surrounded by a crispy Parmesan Crust and make a fantastic appetizer with some warm marinara sauce for dipping!


  • 9 oz. refrigerated three cheese tortellini, see notes for my preferred brand
  • 48 oz. Canola oil, (6 cups)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes, (optional)
  • ½ cup marinara sauce


  • Mix together the panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, and red pepper flakes.
  • Cook the tortellini until it’s 1 minute before it’s al-dente. Drain, and coat generously with flour.
  • Dip each tortellini into the beaten eggs, and then into the panko mixture.
  • Heat the oil in a dutch oven to 375 degrees. You may not need to use all of the canola oil but ensure that the tortellini is covered by an inch or two. 
  • If you’re unsure if the oil is the right temperature, put a test piece of tortellini in the oil and ensure that it begins to fry almost immediately, but not too intensely. Cook the tortellini pieces for about 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown. You may have to do this in batches.
  • Place on a paper towel, pat dry, and serve with warm marinara sauce!



Baking Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375° and place a greased baking sheet in the heated oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the breaded tortellini on top. Lightly spread with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, until they're crisp and begin to toast and brown. 
  • Remove from the oven and serve with warm marinara!
BUITONI Refrigerated Three Cheese Tortellini is great with this recipe.


Calories: 377kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 453mg, Potassium: 118mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 225IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 139mg, Iron: 2.6mg