I love pasta dishes. They are easy to cook and taste great. One of my all time favorites is baked tortellini. It can be super simple and quick, making it the perfect weeknight meal.
Of course, it can also be turned into something elegant and worthy of your next dinner party.
No matter how many times I have baked tortellini, I never get tired of it. One reason for this is that there are so many variations of it, so you don’t have to have the same dish twice, unless it becomes your new favorite dish.
1. Easy Cheesy Baked Tortellini
Looking for a weeknight dinner that anyone can cook? Here it is! Easy cheesy tortellini combines cream cheese with shredded cheese for a creamy cheesy dish.
You’ll start by boiling frozen tortellini for two minutes. While the water is boiling, brown one pound of ground beef.
Drain the tortellini, and put it in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Drain the hamburger, and place it in the pot you used to cook the tortellini. Add pasta sauce and Italian seasoning. Stir, and then bring it to a boil.
Now for the secret ingredient. You’ll add the cream cheese to the sauce. This gives it a creamy cheesy flavor. Now, simply pour the sauce over the tortellini. Stir to ensure the tortellini is covered. Top with shredded cheese and bake.
2. No Boil Tortellini
Have you ever wondered if you can skip boiling the tortellini before baking it? Wouldn’t it be nice to simply mix your ingredients in a baking dish and pop it into the oven?
The recipe calls for Italian sausage. However, you can substitute ground beef, or simply go meatless for time and calorie saving.
You’ll need pasta sauce, cheese tortellini, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese. If using ground beef or sausage, you’ll need to cook and crumble it first.
You’ll mix all the ingredients, cover, and bake. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese, and then bake for another few minutes. Then, it’s ready to serve.
3. Mascarpone Cheese Tortellini
If you want to up your dinner game, you should try mascarpone cheese tortellini. It tastes as if you worked really hard on it, but it’s relatively easy. Mascarpone cheese has a flavor similar to ricotta, but it’s a bit sweeter and has a little more acidity.
You’ll start by whisking pasta sauce, mascarpone cheese, parsley, and thyme in a bowl. Fresh parsley adds a fresher flavor, but dried herbs will work as well.
Boil the tortellini until tender, which should be about two minutes. Drain and add the tortellini to the sauce mixture in the baking dish. Top with smoked mozzarella and parmesan. Then just cover and bake.
4. Quick Tortellini Bake
This tortellini recipe can be cooked in just 20 minutes. It’s really simple as well, which makes it a great choice for a weeknight. You’ll start by boiling the tortellini for 8-10 minutes.
Add your spaghetti sauce, and then add the mixture to your baking dish. Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Next, bake it for 10 minutes. The tortellini is already cooked by boiling, so the goal is to melt the cheese and heat the sauce.
To get a beautiful brown top, switch the oven to broil for the last 2 minutes of cooking.
5. Vegetarian Tortellini
One of the beautiful things about tortellini is its versatility. Vegetarian tortellini is filling and hearty, so you won’t miss anything with this meat-free meal.
One of the keys to this recipe is to use refrigerated tortellini. It provides a fresher flavor than the frozen variety and doesn’t require boiling.
Fresh spinach gives a health and flavor boost. Don’t worry, it melts into the dish. Your kids won’t even notice it, but you’ll know it’s there. The other key is whole milk mozzarella, which provides a rich creaminess.
6. Turkey and Spinach Tortellini Bake
Looking for a healthier take on traditional tortellini? Turkey and spinach tortellini bake is the answer. This recipe also uses refrigerated cheese tortellini, so there’s no need to cook it before baking.
You will need to brown the ground turkey before baking. Of course, if you want to go meatless, this can be omitted. Other ingredients include spinach, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese.
Start by browning the turkey. Add Italian seasoning, oregano, or thyme while cooking. Then, you’ll add the spinach. Cook until it begins to wilt. Then add your spaghetti sauce. Once it’s simmering, it’s ready to go into your pan.
Place the tortellini in the pan. Top with sauce, stirring to blend. Add parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Cover loosely and bake.
7. White Cheese Tortellini Bake
I love pasta sauce, but sometimes you need a change. Jazz up your tortellini by using a white cheese sauce instead of marinara. Best of all, it looks and tastes like it takes a significant amount of effort to make. Think of it as upgrading your standard tortellini dish with minimal effort.
The sauce starts with a roux. Melt butter, and then whisk in flour. Then, you’ll add chicken broth. Allow it to thicken, and then add milk. Next, you’ll add shredded cheddar cheese and Dijon mustard.
The recipe also includes cooked chicken. It’s topped with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. This gives it a flavorful cheesy topping that will make this dish a new family favorite.
8. Creamy Ham and Pea Baked Tortellini
This is a different take on baked tortellini. Instead of ground beef, you’ll add diced ham. It also includes peas, which add a unique flavor and boost the nutrition of the dish.
You can make your own cheese sauce. It’s easy, I promise. However, if you are pressed for time or energy, you can substitute a jar of Alfredo sauce.
Cook the tortellini, being careful not to overcook. The sauce is made with butter, flour, milk, and cheddar cheese. The dish is topped with more cheddar cheese.
9. Bacon Baked Tortellini
Bacon-baked tortellini is indulgent. The combination of pasta, cheese, and bacon makes it the ultimate comfort food. The sauce is relatively easy to make, and you’ll feel like a gourmet chef when presenting the dish.
Start by cooking the bacon. Remove the bacon from the pan. Saute onion and garlic in the pan with the bacon grease. Add flour and continue cooking. Add milk, and cook until thickened. Remove from heat. Add the bacon and the parmesan cheese.
While the sauce is cooking, cook the tortellini. Add the tortellini and sauce to a baking dish. Top with more parmesan cheese. Bake on broil.
10. Cheese Tortellini
If you are a cheese lover, and who isn’t, this is a must-try recipe. 5 cheese tortellini is one of the cheesiest and tastiest recipes I’ve ever made.
It uses cheese tortellini, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan. It sounds like a lot, but the different cheeses combine well together.
The recipe also calls for ground beef. This isn’t a great recipe to try meatless. All of the cheese is balanced out by the beef flavor, and it can be a bit too cheesy without it. However, you could substitute Italian sausage or even turkey if desired.
It’s a bit longer on prep time than most recipes, but it’s really not that much work. The extra time allows the sauce and meat to combine well.
11. Very Veggie Tortellini
Getting kids, or even adults, to eat their vegetables can be a struggle. When you serve very veggie tortellini, there will be no dinnertime battle.
The recipe calls for two packages of cheese tortellini. The sauce is made from chicken broth and cream cheese, for a simple yet tasty white sauce. You’ll also add fresh sugar snap peas, a carrot, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes.
This dish tastes like comfort food, with a fresh and healthy twist. It’s packed with veggies, while the cream cheese sauce provides richness, along with the tortellini. Now you can eat tortellini guilt-free.
12. Creamy Tortellini Casserole
This recipe is also packed full of veggie goodness. It takes about an hour to prepare, including prep and cooking time. It takes a bit more effort than some dishes, but it’s well worth it.
You’ll boil the tortellini, then add carrots and peas. Toss it in your casserole dish. Add corn and halved cherry tomatoes. Next, you’ll saute squash, peppers, and mushrooms.
The sauce is made with cream cheese, chicken broth, flour, seasonings, and butter. You’ll top it with parmesan cheese. To add more flavor, add basil pesto as well.
13. Baked Tortellini Souffle
Baked tortellini is usually fairly simple and easy to make. These aren’t the type of dishes you’d serve at an upscale event. Baked tortellini souffle changes the game. It’s actually perfect for your next dinner party!
Souffles may seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be. They are made with whipped eggs. Eggs are really the main ingredient in this dish, so the better the eggs, the better your souffle.
You’ll need a pan worthy of the dish. Remember, you’ll be serving the tortellini in the dish you bake it in. A ceramic dish with high sides is recommended.
Nearly any tortellini will work. The type you choose will impact the taste of your dish, so choose wisely. Cheese tortellini is a good starting point.
14. Bolognese Tortellini Bake
Most tortellini recipes use a tomato-based sauce, often with meat or sausage. Bolognese is a bit different. It offers a tasty twist on jarred pasta sauce.
Bolognese sauce is made with a dry red wine. Merlot or cabernet works well. It also includes crushed tomatoes, oregano, and tomato paste.
You’ll start by sauteing onion and garlic. Add ground beef, and cook until brown. Drain the meat. Add the wine, tomatoes, and oregano to the pan. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Next, you’ll put the tortellini in a baking dish. No boiling required! Pour sauce over pasta, and top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for 25 minutes.
15. Zucchini Tortellini
I’ve always heard that zucchini pairs great with pasta. Now that I have zucchini fresh from my garden, I decided to test this theory by making zucchini tortellini.
The recipe begins by sauteing zucchini and spinach. You’ll boil the tortellini. While these are cooking, mix a jar of pasta sauce with parmesan and ricotta cheese.
Now you’ll add the veggies, sauce, and tortellini together in a baking dish. Top with parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and it’s ready to bake.
The spinach and zucchini add a savory and fresh flavor to the dish. They contrast the cheese, making for a great dish that’s pretty good for you as well.
16. Hearty Bolognese Tortellini
Hearty Bolognese tortellini offers a new twist on Bolognese sauce. The homemade sauce is hearty, making it perfect comfort food.
How does it achieve this? With pureed vegetables. You’ll begin the recipe by pureeing onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Once they are pureed, you’ll cook them with olive oil.
Once you smell this, you are sure to fall in love with this recipe. Choose a quality red wine for the best tasting results. You’ll also need crushed tomatoes, ground beef, and tomato paste. Milk can be used, but heavy cream creates a richer sauce.
17. Spicy Baked Tortellini
If you like it hot, you’ll love spicy baked tortellini. It takes the traditional recipe and turns up the heat. There are two factors that make this a great dish.
First, it’s easy. You can throw it together on a Monday evening, and have an enjoyable meal. Second, you can easily adjust the amount of heat.
The recipe calls for hot Italian sausage. If you want to tone it down, you can substitute mild Italian sausage. You can also adjust the amount of pepper you add to the dish, to further control the spice.
Red pepper flakes are wonderful with this dish. You can also add black pepper and your favorite Italian spices.
In addition to sausage and tortellini, you’ll need marinara sauce and cream cheese. It’s topped with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and baked.