Easy Tortellini Bake

    30 min

    A deceptively easy supper that takes mere minutes to put together. Use your favourite shop-bought pasta sauces, or use your own. Your family will think it took hours to prepare. Add cooked Italian sausage or chorizo for a heartier dish, and serve with a green salad.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 500g cheese tortellini
    • 600g tomato pasta sauce
    • 450g white sauce or cheese sauce
    • 275g frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
    • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, such as Barts (or to taste)
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 225g grated mozzarella cheese
    • 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add tortellini and cook according to packet directions; drain.
    2. Adjust oven rack to the highest position and preheat the grill. Generously butter or grease a 20cm baking dish.
    3. Bring both sauces along with spinach and 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir cooked tortellini into sauce, then pour into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and remaining 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning.
    4. Grill for a minute or two until cheese has melted and turned golden brown. Serve straightaway.


    If you don't have Italian seasoning (with salt added), use dried Italian herbs instead and add salt and pepper to taste.

    Parmesan cheese

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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    Like many other reviewers, I added extra tortellini. In fact, I tripled it. I bought 2 19oz packages of frozen tortellini and used 1 1/2 of them. I used the same amounts of sauce, but rinsed the jars with a couple oz of water which I mixed in. I also baked the tortellini for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F covered, then added the cheese on top and baked about 10 more minutes uncovered. This is a very tasty dish. Hubby thought there was too much "green stuff", but I really liked the spinach. It's all in your taste.  -  29 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am happy to be the first to rate this recipe. It was really good. I mdae it for company the other day. I served it with some procuitto wrapped asparagus and my guests thought I had worked on a gourmet meal all day. They asked for the recipe and took home the leftovers. This is a great one!  -  04 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe was not only delicious, but incredibly easy to make (hence the name, I suppose). My only suggestion is to increase the amount of noodles used. There is too much sauce for the small package of tortellini. We solved this problem by dipping garlic bread in the sauce. I bet it would also be great if you substituted the tortellini with penne noodles.  -  20 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)