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Baked tortellini is a mouthwatering, oven-baked casserole meal full of cheesy goodness and little pasta pockets bursting with flavor.
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  1. Baked Tortellini Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Baked Tortellini Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This creamy, baked tortellini casserole is loaded with cheese and will come out of your oven bubbling. A layer of gooey cheese on top of tender pasta in a meaty sauce will warm you up on even the coldest of days.

For other baked pasta dishes, try our baked ziti with chicken or ravioli lasagna for an easy weeknight dinner.

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Baked Tortellini Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 19-ounce bag of frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 24-ounce jar of pasta sauce with mushrooms
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PASTA: You can use any type of stuffed pasta for this recipe such as ravioli, agnolotti, or cappelletti. To sneak in some extra veggies, choose a stuffed pasta with spinach or other veggies inside.

MEAT: Any kind of ground meat works well in this tortellini bake. Ground turkey, chicken, pork, or venison could be used in place of the ground beef. You could even break up some Italian sausage for even more flavor. Another way to change it up would be to use cut-up chicken breasts.

SAUCE: This great recipe uses mushroom sauce, but if mushrooms aren’t your thing, any red sauce will work. Roasted garlic would be a tasty choice.

FRESH VS FROZEN: Substitute the frozen tortellini with fresh tortellini pasta and cook for one minute less than the frozen pasta.

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How To Make This Baked Tortellini Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

STEP TWO: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook tortellini pasta for 3 minutes. Drain well.

PRO TIP:

Don’t forget to add salt to the water. It adds flavor to the pasta while cooking.

STEP THREE: Brown the ground beef in a large skillet along with the seasonings until no longer pink. Drain the grease from the pan.

PRO TIP:

Make sure to add a little bit of olive oil to the pan first so that the meat and seasonings don’t stick to the bottom.

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STEP FOUR: Cut the cream cheese into smaller chunks and add to the seasoned meat, stirring until melted.

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STEP FIVE: Combine the cooked pasta with the tomato sauce and then add the meat mixture.

PRO TIP:

When combining the ingredients with the tortellini, make sure to stir carefully to ensure the pasta pockets don’t get broken.

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STEP SIX: Add the meat and tortellini mixture to the prepared baking dish, top with the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

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STEP SEVEN: Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. You should see the sides starting to bubble.

PRO TIP:

You can assemble this dish ahead of time and leave it in the fridge until you are ready to bake or freeze it unbaked and bake it when you are ready to serve.

STEP EIGHT: Once the pasta is baked, turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes for a golden brown top.

How To Serve

This is a great meal to make on busy weeknights. Serve hot out of the oven with our pull-apart garlic bread and a simple homemade Caesar salad on the side. Sprinkle some extra parmesan or Reggiano cheese on top for an even more cheesy flavor.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Once cooled, store the cheesy tortellini in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Leftovers can easily be reheated the next day in the microwave for a quick lunch or warmed in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 350°F. To ensure the pasta doesn’t dry out in the microwave, add a few drops of water or milk over it and cover with microwave-safe plastic wrap before heating.

IN THE FREEZER: The unbaked dish can be frozen until you are ready to bake. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months, ready for an easy weeknight meal.

TO REHEAT: If the pasta has been in the freezer, make sure to thaw fully in the fridge for 24 hours first. Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until bubbly.

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Cheesy baked tortellini with cream cheese and meat sauce is a delicious way to serve stuffed pasta. Its creamy and cheesy texture will make it a favorite comfort food that the whole family will gobble up. Just like Nonna used to make!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I use cheese tortellini or meat tortellini for this recipe?

This easy cheesy baked tortellini recipe would be delicious with either type of tortellini.

Could I use a different stuffed pasta for this recipe?

Instead of the tortellini, you could use meat or cheese ravioli.

Can I make this pasta bake ahead of time?

You can make this delicious pasta recipe ahead of time. Either assemble it and store it in the fridge the day before you plan to bake it or assemble it, cover and freeze for baking later.

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Baked Tortellini

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Baked tortellini is a mouthwatering, oven-baked casserole meal full of cheesy goodness and little pasta pockets bursting with flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound beef ground
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 19 ounces frozen cheese tortellini
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 24 ounces pasta sauce with mushrooms
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil and add tortellini. Cook for 3 minutes, then drain water.
  • Add the ground beef and seasoning to a skillet, cook until no pink remains. Drain the fluid.
  • Cut up the cream cheese into chunks and add to the ground meat.
  • Mix the pasta sauce with the tortellini, carefully don’t overmix or break up the pasta.
  • Add the meat mixture to the pasta and carefully stir until mixed well.
  • Add to the prepared dish and top the meat mixture with the mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.
  • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes. It should have started to bubble on the sides now.
  • For a better appearance, broil the top of the cheese for a couple of minutes until the desired color is reached, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot with garlic bread and a side salad.

Notes

Note: Don’t forget to add salt to the water. It adds flavor to the pasta while cooking.
 
Note: Make sure to add a little bit of olive oil to the pan first so that the meat and seasonings don’t stick to the bottom.
 
Note: When combining the ingredients with the tortellini, make sure to stir carefully to ensure the pasta pockets don’t get broken.
 
Note: You can assemble this dish ahead of time and leave in the fridge until you are ready to bake or freeze unbaked and bake when you are ready to serve.

Nutrition

Sodium: 1056mg | Calcium: 301mg | Vitamin C: 6mg | Vitamin A: 901IU | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 4g | Potassium: 517mg | Cholesterol: 112mg | Calories: 545kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Fat: 32g | Protein: 28g | Carbohydrates: 37g | Iron: 4mg
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