Tortellini, a famous Italian pasta type, is believed to have originated either in the Italian city Bologna or Modena. There are many legends concerning the shape of tortellini. The most common one says that tortellini comes from a turtle-shaped design. That is because the city of Modena, where tortellini comes from, has architecture from the 17th century that is rich in patterns with turtle shapes.  Today, the Accademia del Tortellino has recorded the exact rules and ingredients that should go in a tortellini filling. According to the committee, the filling should be made out of ox marrow, prosciutto, egg, mortadella, and parmesan.

Tortellini is pasta that is usually stuffed with vegetables, parmesan, meat, and ham. It is circular with a hole in the middle, resembling a ring. There are many recipes that include tortellini including tortellini salads, soups, and sauces. Cheese, chicken, spinach, prosciutto, ricotta, and pesto are often eaten with tortellini and make great pasta dishes. Meat and shrimp can also be added. Tortellini is usually served with cream, broth, or ragu. Some tortellini recipes such as butternut squash tortellini offer a unique blend of spices and vegetables. One variation of tortellini is tortelloni. Tortelloni is very similar to tortellini and has the same shape. The difference is that tortelloni is bigger in size and mass compared to tortellini. Also, tortelloni is rarely filled with meat. Instead, ricotta cheese, spinach, and vegetables are usually used as fillings in tortelloni. In certain Italian cities, walnuts, mushrooms, and a paste made from pumpkin are eaten with tortelloni. While tortellini can be served in both broth and sauce, tortelloni is hardly ever served in broth. Whereas some people prefer tortellini and others tortelloni, both of them make delectable dishes that are loved by many.