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5-Ingredient Baked Tortellini

You don’t have to boil a thing!

A bag of frozen tortellini is a great go-to solution when your weeknights get busy, but this baked tortellini? Well, I’m convinced it might be an even better solution. Why? Well, for starters, you don’t even have to boil a pot of water to get this pasta dinner. It’s nearly a dump-and-bake situation with just a little bit of stovetop work (that you could get around if you really wanted to) and it’s super satisfying and delicious. My whole family loves this and since it only takes a few minutes to throw in the oven, it’s something I turn to often.

Your cast of characters here is two bags of frozen tortellini, a jar of marinara, a jar of alfredo, some shredded mozzarella, and some Italian sausage. Yes, that’s just five things, and no, it’s not too good to be true.

I like to use bulk Italian sausage here that you brown and crumble up, just because I enjoy that savory seared flavor a lot. But! If you were really looking to save some time, you could use pre-cooked sausage and just chop it up. That works fine too.

Once you’ve browned the sausage, you stir in the two sauces and the tortellini and then dump half of that in your baking dish. You top it with about a third of the cheese, then the rest of the tortellini mixture, and then a heavier helping of cheese tops it off. (That took, what, ten minutes?)

It bakes for a while until it’s nice and bubbly, but you can go do whatever your heart desires while the oven does the work. The marinara and the alfredo combine into an irresistible creamy tomato sauce while the mozzarella melts into pockets of mild, comforting cheesiness that mimics the tortellini filling. This is one comforting dinner, but it’s so easy to make!

Serves 6

15m prep time

50m cook time

Rated 4 out of 5
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  • 2 (19 oz each) bags frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) jar Alfredo sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 lb uncooked Italian sausage, casings removed
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, crumble and brown the Italian sausage until cooked through.
  3. Reduce heat to low, then stir in the marinara sauce, alfredo sauce, and tortellini.
  4. Transfer half of the tortellini mixture to the baking pan, then cover with 1/3 of the mozzarella. Top with remaining tortellini mixture, then top with remaining cheese.
  5. Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with nonstick spray, then cover baking dish lightly.
  6. Bake 40 minutes, remove foil, then bake 10 minutes more.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from A Wicked Whisk.

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