Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Cheesy Baked Tortellini | browneyedbaker.com

It seems unfathomable that Christmas was less than two months ago at this point; life has been jam packed since the calendar turned to January! Over the holidays, we had dinner with some members of my husband’s family and cheese tortellini in a pink sauce was on the menu. My husband and brother-in-law had talked about this pink sauce for years, and I was thrilled to finally have the opportunity to try it. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it! I asked my father-in-law’s cousin how she made it, and she said it was a simple combination of her marinara sauce and a béchamel. I tucked that information away for a rainy day, and less than a few weeks later I decided to recreate her meal, except I baked it as a casserole and added even more cheese because… why not?!

Cheesy Baked Tortellini | browneyedbaker.com

I used packages of refrigerated tortellini for this dish, but you could easily use fresh or even frozen (I would par-boil the frozen ones before baking). Feel free to play around with the different variations of tortellini as well – I love cheese, but you could use meat or spinach as well, whatever you prefer. I have such a soft spot for baked pasta dishes; they’re absolutely one of my ultimate comfort foods. I can’t think of a better way to wait out these last few frigid days of winter before spring arrives than to bake up a dish like this!

I served this along with some homemade garlic bread, which may have just been the most amazing garlic bread I’ve ever had. Stay tuned for that recipe tomorrow!

Cheesy Baked Tortellini | browneyedbaker.com

One year ago: Fluffernutter Milkshake
Three years ago: Date-Nut Snack Cake
Four years ago: Chocolate & Peanut Butter Popcorn [Poppy Chow]
Five years ago: Peanut Butter-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Servings 6 to 8 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Michelle
A wonderfully cheesy baked tortellini dish made with a mixture of béchamel and red sauce.

Ingredients:

For the Béchamel Sauce:

  • 4
    tablespoons
    unsalted butter
  • ¼
    cup
    all-purpose flour
  • cups
    milk
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    ground nutmeg
  • 1
    cup
    shredded provolone cheese
  • ½
    cup
    grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
    (to taste)

For the rest:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make the Béchamel Sauce: In a medium saucepan placed over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, whisking constantly, until the flour turns light brown and emits a nutty aroma. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly. Once all of the milk has been incorporated, whisk in the nutmeg, and allow the mixture to come to a simmer. Once simmering, cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat, and add the shredded provolone a handful at a time, stirring until it melts. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper, then set aside and let cool to warm room temperature.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the béchamel sauce and the spaghetti sauce.
  4. In a very large bowl, combine the tortellini and three-quarters of the sauce mixture. Turn into a 9x13-inch casserole dish and spread into an even layer.
  5. Drizzle the remaining sauce over the top of the tortellini. Sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses evenly over the top.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil, increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake for an additional 10 minutes or so, until the cheese is browned and bubbling on top. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition:

Calories: 771kcal
Fat: 45g
Saturated fat: 22g
Cholesterol: 161mg
Sodium: 1902mg
Potassium: 605mg
Carbohydrates: 115g
Fiber: 10g
Sugar: 17g
Protein: 55g
Vitamin A: 1390%
Vitamin C: 8.6%
Calcium: 899%
Iron: 7.7%

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