(Last Updated On: January 6, 2023)


Pasta lovers will enjoy a traditional stuffed pasta during National Tortellini Day on February 13th!  

Tortellini is a signature dish from the Italian region of Bologna, where they claim to have created this stuffed pasta packed with flavor. Ravioli, tortellini, and tortellacci are all part of the same family of stuffed pasta. The most common fillings for tortellini are ham, white meat, and Parmesan cheese.

Members of an organization called The Learned Order of the Tortellini in the city of Bologna wear special hats to their meetings that are red and gold and shaped like tortellini. They also wear a ribbon, around their neck that has a gold tortellini hanging on it. The Learned Order of the Tortellini has a large membership dedicated to the preservation of the traditional tortellini.

There are many ways to prepare a tortellini dish.  You may want to top it with a cheese sauce, cream sauce, pesto or tomato sauce, or follow one of the thousands of cooking blogs available for a great tortellini recipe.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTortelliniDay

  • Find a recipe and try making some homemade tortellini!
  • Order tortellini from your favorite restaurant. Remember to give them a shout-out, too!
  • Try making fresh tortellini.
  • Share your favorite recipes.
  • Invite friends and family over for a tortellini meal.
  • There are many different flavors of tortellini. Host a taste testing party with a variety of tortellini.
  • Use #NationalTortelliniDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this stuffed pasta day. 

Tortellini FAQ

Q. Can tortellini be frozen?
A. Yes. Tortellini, like many other kinds of pasta, can be frozen. You can even purchase frozen tortellini.

Q. What kinds of fillings can go in tortellini?
A. Fillings range from cheeses, meats, seafood and vegetables. Try them all!

Q. What kinds of sauces go well with tortellini?
A. Butter, cream and tomato sauces all compliment tortellini.

February 13th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The Lumiere brothers, Auguste and Charles-Antoine, patent their cinematograph. Their pioneering work led to the first public screening of a moving picture.


The first National Negro League forms organizing teams of Black professional baseball players into one organization for the first time. Andrew “Rube” Foster, the owner of the American Giants, led the movement to form a league.


The Moore School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrated the first electronic digital computer. Named the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator (ENIC), it was created as part of a military project by John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert.


For the first time in 100 years, tribal members of the Umatilla of Oregon return to Montana and Yellowstone National Park to hunt and harvest bison. Harvesting bison restores traditions from the Walla Walla, Cayuse, and Umatilla tribes guaranteed in an 1855 treaty.

February 13th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Sarah Singleton Van Buren – 1818

After the death of her mother-in-law, Sarah Van Buren stepped into the role of First Lady during Martin Van Buren’s presidency.

Elizabeth Truman – 1885

In 1945, Bess Truman became the 35th First Lady of the United States. She entered the White House in the final year of World War II and following the sudden death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt – the beginning of his fourth term. Capable and sure, Mrs. Truman stepped into the role of President Harry Truman’s secretary.

Patty Berg – 1918

The American professional golfer helped found the Women’s Professional Golf Association in 1947. During her career, Berg won 15 major titles.

Tennessee Ernie Ford – 1919

The American gospel and country recording artist is best known for the songs “Sixteen Tons” and “Ballad of Davy Crockett.”

Chuck Yeager – 1923

The decorated American fighter pilot and test pilot broke the sound barrier in 1947 in the Bell X-1.

Honorable Mentions

Dorothy Bliss – 1916
Leeann Chin – 1933
Peter Gabriel – 1950

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