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What To Serve With Tortellini: 13 Impeccable Sides!

There are so many wonderful foods and side dishes to serve with tortellini.

I’ve included some of our favorites here in this list for cooking inspiration.

Tortellini is a dense, filled pasta that is folded over to create a very rich “dumpling”…

… sometimes filled with cheeses, mushroom pate, butternut squash, beef, spinach or any combination of those. 

Tortellini is a diminutive form of the plural Italian word tortello that means small cake or fritter.

Sometimes they aren’t filled at all, and you just get the al dente, robust eggy flavor of the pasta.

Because tortellini are dense and quite filling, you may choose a lighter side dish, a meat, a salad, or a bread as a delicious sidecar. 

And if you aren’t quite sure what sauce to use, may I personally suggest our favorite Alfredo sauce.

Baby Bella mushrooms are earthy and delicious.

If you see them at your local grocery store on sale, this is a delicious way to use them up.

These garlic marinated mushrooms make a flavorful side dish for tortellini. 

All that you need is some olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, fresh garlic, rosemary and thyme.

You can serve these marinated and raw or you can grill them. 

Both options are out of this world tasty.

You can put this dish together in just 10 minutes and it is a raw dish. 

This means you can have a delicious side for tortellini without a bit of cooking.

For this absolutely gorgeous appetizer you only need four ingredients.

You need cantaloupe, prosciutto, Balsamic glaze and fresh basil.

Quick Tip: How to pick out a cantaloupe

There are so many ways to make delicious garlic bread. 

You can use some bread that you already have in the house. 

You can go to the store and buy a fresh French loaf and doctor it up. 

The options are endless but I am a big fan of cheesy garlic bread and this recipe is fantastic. 

Hot Tip: How to reheat garlic bread

A side salad is what you want it to be. 

It can be as simple as some iceberg lettuce and olive oil with vinegar.

I am fan of the simple side salads that you often get at Italian restaurants.

They tend to be crisp lettuce, with parmesan cheese shaved on top. 

Then some types of onion are often sliced up and mixed.

A lot of times you get a pepperoncini on the side.

Finally, the dressing is often some type of vinaigrette. 

What makes me truly happy is if croutons are served on top.

Saucy meatballs or just plainly seasoned meatballs can be a fantastic side to serve with tortellini.

Depending on your tortellini sauce you will need to choose a direction.

Now, I love mixing sauces together to create a pink sauce but that is just me.

If you are trying to decide what to serve with tortellini, look no further than grilled chicken.

Juicy herb crusted grilled chicken complements pasta deliciously well.

This recipe only has a few ingredients. You need dried oregano, dried thyme, dried basil, garlic powder and salt.

What I like about this recipe is that most of us have these dried herbs in our pantry already.

While fresh herbs are fantastic, I do truly believe that dried herbs work best for a grilling marinade.

Broccoli rabe is often used in Italian cooking.

You can eat the entire thing. 

You eat the florets and the stem.

This veggie is actually in the turnip family.

While it visually resembles broccoli it actually isn’t broccoli at all.

It has a slightly bitter taste to it and that works well with Italian meals.

It is because that slightly bitter taste cuts through the rich flavor of some sauces.

It may sound unusual but it really works.

Give this one a try.

This recipe is so pretty when served on a platter. 

It is full pieces of asparagus sautéed in butter and topped with shaved parmesan. 

It is also cooked with minced shallots, lemon and sea salt.

This is one of those simple sides for tortellini that you will talk about for years to come.

Serve this one over and over again.

You will look like an amazing chef but in reality you didn’t have to spend much time.

This is a win-win side dish.

I still remember the first time that I had roasted garlic as a side dish.

I had no idea the amazing flavor that I was in store to taste. 

Roasting garlic truly changes the flavor. It becomes mild and creamy and rich.

I like to roast the entire clove in the air fryer and then serve it just like that. 

It is stunning on the plate.

Everything’s better when it is wrapped in bacon.

However, I can tell ya that a grilled Vidalia onion is delicious no matter what.

We created this recipe in partnership with RealSweet Vidalia Onion Farms, and wow, we still can’t get enough of it.

Whole, beautiful Vidalias in butter and bacon, stuffed with whole cloves of garlic. 

There’s an amazing vegetable in there somewhere, but it is still better wrapped in bacon!

Vidalia onions are sweet onions with a mild taste. In our recipe we grill them with garlic, butter and bacon. 

You could accomplish the same thing in an air fryer if you aren’t up for grilling.

These juicy marinated tomatoes make a delicious side dish for tortellini.

If you have some ripe and bright red tomatoes on hand, this is worth considering.

I love these.

They are a fantastic snack and a tasty side dish.

When I make these I tend to use dried herbs but you could make them with fresh herbs too.

The key is to prep these in advance so that the tomatoes have plenty of time to marinate.

Quick Tip: Learn how long tomatoes last

Grilling tomatoes is a new concept for me but oh man am I glad that I discovered it.

They are a fantastic side dish for any pasta meal.

If you are trying to figure out what goes with tortellini this is an easy option.

We baste the tomatoes in rosemary, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.

This meatballs soup recipe is made in the slow cooker. 

This means that you can start this side for tortellini well in advance.

Then it will be ready to serve when you are ready to have dinner.

This soup is jammed with a load of yummy vegetables and meatballs!

The bottom line

We are always on the lookout to inspire the everyday chef and at-home foodie in the search for what sides goes with which entrees. 

Some days it’s just really hard to think of what to make, and you may have all the ingredients sitting right in front of you. 

I hope you found a dish or two here that would help you make something to go with tortellini. 

Didn’t quite find one that struck your fancy?

Check out this list or this other list of what goes with pasta.

Fingers crossed!

Be well, friends!

What To Serve With Tortellini

What To Serve With Tortellini🍴

Are you looking for the best sides for tortellini? If so, you will love our side dish ideas.


  • Garlic Marinated mushrooms
  • Prosciutto wrapped melon
  • Garlic bread
  • Side salad
  • Meatballs
  • Grilled chicken
  • Sautéed broccoli rabe
  • Braised asparagus
  • Roasted whole garlic
  • Grilled bacon wrapped onion
  • Marinated Tomatoes
  • Grilled tomatoes
  • Italian meatball soup


  1. Pick two side dishes
  2. Follow the directions to make them
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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