We finish up our week with these delicious Fried Tortellini! They are perfect for a quick weeknight meal, snack for Family Movie Night and of course, great for your Tailgating Party.

After checking out some of the fabulous recipes from Matt Armendariz’s book On A Stick I couldn’t wait to try frying up some pasta, he does both Raviolli and Spaghetti and meatballs. I love both but I’ve had a hankerin’ for tortellini lately so what better excuse to do some more experimenting in the kitchen.

Most Italian meals are very frugal meals, this one is no exception. Making your own marinara sauce and breading mixture helps control the costs and you can pick up a bag of tortellini in the frozen food section of your grocery for under $5.00. All told this meal should cost you under $8.00.

Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you, they go together quickly and most well stocked pantries will have all the ingredients needed to complete the recipe.

Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine adds a great flavor to the Marinara Sauce and is available just about everywhere. Keep in mind that Holland House does add salt to their cooking wine so make sure to taste your sauce before you add any additional salt.

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Fried Tortellini: Food on a Stick

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes


Try this Fried Tortellini for your next Tailgate Party or quick weeknight meal, your family will love it! Recipe from PocketChangeGourmet.com



Marinara Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove of garlic, minced
  • 115 ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • 16 ounce can Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 Cup Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine
  • 3 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoon Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • 1 Cup All-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 Cup Bread crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Reggiano cheese
  • 2 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Tortellini



  1. Saute garlic in Olive oil
  2. Add tomato paste and tomato sauce stirring occassionally
  3. Add Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine
  4. Stir in oregano and sugar
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste

Breading & Cooking

  1. In three shallow dishes place the following 1st flour, 2nd eggs and in the 3rd dish the bread crumbs, Parmesan, oregano,basil,thyme,garrlic powder, salt and pepper
  2. Toss tortellini in flour, shake of excess
  3. Dip in eggs and then in bread crumb mixture
  4. Heat vegetable oil to 320 degrees F, once oil is to temperature carefully place tortellini in pot and cook til golden brown. about 2 to 3 minutes
  5. Drain on paper towels
  6. Serve with marinara sauce
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

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Disclosure: Mizkan and Holland House provided compensation for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.



  1. Really looks yummy! I am adding these to my Christmas Eve app party menu but how many servings does this make? And what size bag of tortellini goes with the above ingredients. Thank you!! Tara

    • Tara, the tortellini we purchase comes in a 16 ounce bag and we get about 10 servings out of it.

  2. Hey there I just wanted to tell you this was a bit hit last year at my Christmas Eve party. My kids especially loved it. Making it again this year.

  3. Do you cook the tortellini before you bread it or just leave it raw?

    • No need to cook first, just bread and cook. Thanks for stopping by Laura!

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