baked cheese tortellini in glass dish

4-Ingredient Baked Tortellini

By Rachel Tiemeyer
June 14, 2021

Need a super easy 4-ingredient dish for dinner that everyone will love? Baked Tortellini (with sneaky spinach to up the nutrition) is it! Baked Tortellini comes together fast and is even freezer friendly. The perfect weeknight meal!

baked cheese tortellini in glass dish

Baked Cheese Tortellini is a vegetarian spin-off of my Baked Beef Ravioli. It’s meatless but cheesy and oh-so-filling. Plus, it’s also a great way to use up leftover fresh spinach and sneak in more nutrition into some comfort food.

A Short Video of How Baked Tortellini Comes Together

Want to see how easy peasy this recipe is? Watch below!

What’s in Baked Tortellini?

Using only 4 ingredients, you’ve got a family-pleaser for sure.

  • Marinara sauce – Buy it at the store or use our Homemade Marinara Sauce.
  • Frozen cheese tortellini – Look for the one with the fewest ingredients.
  • Baby spinach, finely chopped – If your kids will throw a fit about this, it can be omitted!
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
Ingredients for Baked Tortellini on a cutting board

How to Make Baked Tortellini

This recipe is so simple, I don’t even need many words to explain it. Follow the visual steps below!

Can You Freeze Tortellini?

Like many of our amazing freezer meals, you prep this recipe all the way up until cooking it. Stop there and freeze it!

Freeze For Later: Cover the dish with foil. Label and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw completely in the refrigerator (will take around 24 hours) and bake for 20-25 minutes covered and then another 10-15 minutes uncovered. This is shorter than the recipe below because the tortellini will be thawed.

(Note: If you want to cook the casserole from frozen, cover with foil and place it in a cold oven and then preheat to 375°F. Bake for about 1 hour, remove the foil, and bake another 15-30 minutes or until hot throughout and bubbly around the edges.)

Baked Tortellini freezer meal

What to Serve with Baked Tortellini

Here are a few side dish ideas that would be great with this meal:

Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad

Cobb Salad

Serve a little Oreo Fluff for dessert!

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Baked Tortellini (with Sneaky Spinach)

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 60 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Freezer Meal
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy and oh-so-cheesy baked pasta is a great way to use up leftover veggies, likefresh spinach. Even your meat-lover will dig this one!


Ingredients

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce (or 3 cups Homemade Marinara Sauce)
  • 1 package (19 oz.) frozen cheese tortellini (look for the one with the least ingredients)
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread thin layer of marinara sauce into bottom of baking dish. Arrange half of the frozen tortellini over the sauce, trying to get them in a single layer as much as possible. Top with 1/2 of the chopped spinach, 1/2 of the sauce (use the back of a spoon to move the sauce around and make sure it covers all the tortellini), and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers again, ending with the last of the cheese on top. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  3. Tent lightly with a layer of foil; try to avoid touching the cheese. (Tip: Spray with cooking spray on the inside of the foil to help prevent the cheese from sticking.) Bake for about 40-45 minutes until bubbly on the edges. Take off the foil and bake about 10-15 minutes more, or until golden on top and hot throughout.
  4. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. Top each serving with grated Parmesan, if desired.

Freeze For Later: Spray an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Follow Step 2. Cover the dish with foil and a few layers of plastic wrap or foil. Label and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake for 20-25 minutes covered in foil and then another 10-15 minutes uncovered. (Note: If you want to cook the casserole from frozen, cover with foil and place it in a cold oven and then preheat to 375°F. Bake for about 1 hour, remove the foil, and bake another 15-30 minutes or until hot throughout and bubbly around the edges.)


Notes

If using fresh tortellini, this will only take about 20-25 minutes to bake.

You can also make this with frozen cheese or beef ravioli, but you’ll have to make it in three layers instead of two so that each ravioli layer is flat and they aren’t overlapping. Then, bake covered for 45 minutes and uncovered for 15 minutes.

Check out our list of 70+ Healthy Freezer Meals here.

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27 replies
  1. Kathy says:

    Would it be possible to cook this and freeze the leftovers? I usually make large dishes, eat a portion for dinner and freeze the rest, nut this says to freeze before cooking.

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  2. Patrice says:

    Thank you ladies for this recipe. I made it tonight… with my daughter. It was delicious and she enjoyed learning how to make this meal with me.

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  3. Nicole says:

    Hi! I’m wondering if I can make this recipe and put it in the fridge until I make it the next evening. Do you think I should freeze it if I plan to make it within 24 hours? TIA!

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