Baked Tortellini Casserole

Baked Tortellini Casserole

I made this Baked Tortellini Casserole earlier this week, and it was so delicious, I just had to share!  This dish is really easy to put together, and it is packed with flavor. I made this in the afternoon when I had some down time and reheated it in the evening for dinner. It was so good! This would definitely make a great freezer meal, or a meal to deliver to a friend or loved one.

For this baked tortellini casserole, I used one large skillet and one casserole pan. I made a quick basic meat sauce with onions, garlic, ground beef and canned tomatoes. But instead of simmering and reducing the sauce, I combined the cheese and fresh uncooked tortellini, and let the entire mixture bake in the oven. Just be sure to keep it tightly covered with foil so it stays moist. The foil keeps the moisture in and cooks the tortellini as it bakes.

Baked Tortellini Casserole

If you really love cheese, you could definitely go up to 4 cups. Or if you are trying to cut back, just 2 cups of cheese would work as well! You can see even more of my dinner ideas here.

Baked Tortellini Casserole

Baked Tortellini Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef 97/3
  • Small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes, or whole peeled tomatoes crushed by hand
  • 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 24 oz package of fresh cheese tortellini
  • 3 cups of freshly grated mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil, until soft.
  2. Add ground beef and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Once beef is cooked through, stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  4. Stir in uncooked, fresh tortellini and 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
  5. Transfer to casserole dish and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
  6. Cover tightly with foil and baked at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Notes

For this recipe, I used Seven Cheese Olivieri Tortellini. It is absolutely delicious and I picked it up in the refrigerated section at Costco.

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Baked Tortellini Casserole

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Comments

  1. We LOVE Tortellini and often use it in our Meatless Monday meals. I use quality jarred spaghetti sauce, several sauteed fresh veggies, a splash of red wine and then mix in the uncooked tort’s. Bake for half an hour, covered, top with cheese, return to oven until melted and enjoy with salad and bread. If we’re in a time crunch, I will sometimes just add a bag of frozen 3 Pepper and Onion mix with the tort’s and sauce, cover and cook and it never disappoints!

  2. Hey Melissa,
    Thanks for this quick, delicious meal idea. I took your advice and used Costco Tortellini, but I substituted chicken instead of ground beef and added hot peppers and Italian seasonings. Dinner turned out totally awesome!! We dipped Garlic and Herb Crostini’s in our casserole instead of using bread!

  3. I’m totally drooling over this!

  4. I tried this tonight and it was so great! I followed the recipe exactly, but I did need to cook it a bit longer than 30 minutes, but probably because I used Pampered Chef stoneware.

  5. Planning to try this with Italian sausage instead of ground beef and will add basil and dried oregano plus crushed red pepper flakes instead of black pepper.

  6. Autumn Ruckman says:

    Making your Baked Tortellini Casserole tonight and it went together so easily and smells wonderful baking in the oven. Thanks so much for a wonderful new idea to do with hamburger and totellini :)

  7. Thank you for a great meal idea!! My family of six loved it!! It was so delicious. It was great that each family member loved it!

  8. Was just wondering if it was possible to use frozen tortellini for this reciple?

  9. I plan to make this as a freezer meal to take to my friend who is pregnant and on bed rest. Do I cook it exactly as the recipe states? How long would she need to bake it from frozen? (I’m new to freezer meals)

  10. This is probably a dumb question (sorry!) but if using frozen tortellini, should I cook it first or put it in frozen and bake it longer?

  11. Made this tonight when I had my mother-in-law and sister-in-law over. They both likes it a lot as did my husband and I! I added the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. I will definitely make it again and perhaps try the Italian sausage instead of hamburger! Thanks for sharing! :)

  12. GAIL JOHNSON says:

    How would you convert this to a freezer meal? Prepare as directions then instead of putting in the oven, put in the freezer? When you were ready to cook it..would you thaw it first? Or bake from frozen? How long do you think it would take to bake from the frozen state? Thanks :)

    • To prepare as a freezer meal, freeze prior to baking. You can either thaw and bake in the oven, or bake from frozen. Cooking times will vary depending on how cold the dish is starting out.

  13. Hollow Morris says:

    Made thus for dinner a couple nights ago and it was delicious! I used a mixture of Italian sausage and loan ground beef. The sauce was perfect and overall a big hit in my house! Thanks for sharing :)

  14. This was so quick & easy to put together. Thank you for a great go to recipe.

  15. I tried this and it was great. I didnt have the fresh tortellni.so I used the frozen thawed out. It worked as well. Thanks!

  16. My husband and I made this dish last week for dinner. Directions were easy to follow and it was delicious. We decided instead of putting in the ground beef we would do Italian sausage and did multi colored tortellini to add a little color. We decided that we would totally make this in the future. Thanks for the quick and easy dinner idea.

  17. I dont have fresh or frozen tortellini. I have a bag of barilla cheese tortellini from the pasta aisle so it’s uncooked and hard. Should I cook it a little before mixing it all together and finish it off in the oven? I dont want it coming out uncooked when everything else is hot and finished :\

  18. Hello Melissa,

    I’m going to try this recipe tomorrow! How long did you leave the uncooked tortellini in the sauce for? Thanks!

  19. Meghan says:

    Did you use a 13×9 casserole dish?

  20. Making this for a luncheon. Can I put it all together the night before and then bake in the morning? Or should I put it all together in the morning?

  21. Do you drain the hamburger meat?

    • If there is excess fat from the ground beef, I would go ahead and drain it. I usually use lean ground beef in this recipe, so the fat left behind is very minimal.

  22. Hi, great recipe! I made from frozen tortellini, the time came for 50 minutes. Have a nice day!

  23. Can I omit the salt? I don’t cook with salt

  24. I’m making this right now… I didn’t have “fresh” tortellini, only frozen so I brought it to a boil “only” then drained; I hope it works out fine. Mine were the larger cheese tortellini “squares” I added some red bell pepper to my GB since we have it growing in the garden… There’s a wonderful smell coming from the oven.. Mmmm I can’t wait to eat it! :)

  25. Could you use a jar of Pasta Sauce instead of tomatoes and sauce? If so, would it be about one and a half jars? Thanks. This looks very good.

  26. Football Sunday is here…I making this for today’s game!!! Looks yummy

  27. I am a college student and made this for my roommate and our boyfriends. I used ground turkey and a combination of both tortellini and ravioli. Since they were frozen, I cooked it for 35 minutes. I also used more sauce than you said, because I tend to like things a little more saucy. It turned out wonderfully! Everyone loved it and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers another night! Thank you!

  28. Joan V. Sanborn says:

    Excellent~*~ Wonderful, easy peasy meal to throw together. I mixed it up a bit, and included Italian sausage :) Good Stuff Maynard :)

  29. The servings says yields 8-10, what about 8 college boys? I am thinking I should double the recipe..

  30. Yum, Can’t wait to try this!

  31. Kelli Hagedorn says:

    I am new to freezer meals….do I follow all of the directions and instead of putting it into the oven to cook, just put it into the freezer? Thanks!

  32. How does the cheese fair when the casserole is frozen and then thawed?

  33. This recipe was amazing. I make it regularly now with a fee modifications. I add 1lbs of Italian sausage usually spicy but mild works. I also add mushrooms and another cup of cheese. It usually will only fit in a lasagna pan at that point. I also cook the meat with my fresh made sofrito and add some adobo for seasoning. But that’s just personal taste.

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