One Nice Dinner: Tasty Tortellini Bake

Food is great, friends are even better. When I have the opportunity to cook for them, I go all out. The best is when the dinner is impromptu and the more knocks on the door means more merriment! The most important thing, though, is to have enough food. It’s really lame when the glasses of wine are larger than the portions of food but this recipe leaves room for leftovers.

You can cut this recipe in half to just serve you and your roommate, boyfriend or girlfriend, but that’s a different thing. Try this easy and delicious tortellini bake and you will be receiving compliments to the chef, I know I did!

Tasty Tortellini Bake

  • 1 pound bag frozen tortellini (around 20 oz, my bag was larger but I didn’t use the whole thing)
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (I used vodka sauce!)
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese (The smaller bag at Walmart 🙂 )
  • 1 15 oz tub ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbs italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • Ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Grease a 9- x 13- baking dish, set the oven to 400 degrees and bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix the ricotta, eggs, italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper.
  3. Pour the frozen tortellini into the boiling water and keep stirring to keep them from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Cook the pasta until a few rise to the surface (the tortellinis will cook more in the oven so don’t overcook them now) and then drain.
  4. Return the tortellini to the pot with the jar of sauce and bag of mozzarella cheese. Heat through. (You don’t have to use the cheese, the ricotta will be cheesy enough but I like it extra delicious!)
  5. Pour the pasta into the bowl with the ricotta. Fold the tortellini into the ricotta (don’t completely blend together)
  6. Use a rubber spatula to pour the pasta into the baking dish and use the spatula to smooth the top. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and the pasta is cooked through. Spoon out for friends! Enjoy!

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Categories: Dinners

Author:Rachel Johnson

Writer/Photographer/Food Person Stupid Good: When food is so simple and delicious, it's just stupid. www.stupidgoodrachel.com

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