Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baked Tortellini Casserole

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If you like Lasagna, and we love it here, but don't always have the time you have to try this super easy super yummy creation.  I whipped this up as an after school snack for my kids last week when they had a bunch of friends over and I didn't want them just mowing through all the chips and cookies.  I fine tuned it and made it for dinner last night and everyone raved about it.  Not the best pictures but the taste was terrific!

Here's what you need:

20 oz. fresh tortellini or ravioli ( I use Buitoni and I mix Chicken and Cheese tortellini)
1 - 1 Lb. 8 oz. jar marinara (I use Ragu)
1 Tbl. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup. Italian mix cheese, shredded (I use a store bought bag of Italian 5 cheese pre shredded)
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 with cooking spray and set aside.

Bring a large stockpot filled with water to a boil and add the tortellini.  Boil for 4 minutes, just to par cook.
Drain the pasta and put into the bottom of the baking dish.  
In another bowl pour the marinara sauce and the seasonings and mix to incorporate.   When I emptied the jar into the bowl I added approximately 1/4 cup water just to rinse the jar and added it to the sauce.
Pour pasta sauce over the tortellini and stir to combine.
Layer the cheese over the pasta and bake for 30 minutes, uncovered.
The top should be golden and bubbly when done.
Serve with warm french bread and veggies or salad.   YUM!
Serves 6

Here's the handy printable - Baked Tortellini Casserole

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