Need a super easy 4-ingredient dish for dinner that everyone will love? Baked Tortellini (with sneaky spinach to up the nutrition) is it. This comforting casserole is the perfect weeknight meal!
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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 (or maybe 5), you’ve got a family-pleaser for sure.
- Marinara sauce – Buy it at the store or use our delicious and healthy Homemade Marinara Sauce.
- Frozen cheese tortellini – Look for the one with the fewest ingredients. There are also gluten-free ravioli available, if needed.
- Baby spinach – Add in for extra nutrition. Be sure to finely chop it. If your kids will throw a fit about this, it can be omitted.
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Uncured pepperoni (optional) – Chop this up and add in for more flavor. We love Applegate Uncured Turkey Pepperoni.
Where to Get Your Ingredients
We suggest grabbing all your ingredients at your local Hy-Vee grocery store or using their Aisles Online to have your groceries delivered or prepared for pick up. They are always well-stocked and offer the best meat and produce around.
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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.
What to Serve with Baked Tortellini
Here are a few side dish ideas that would be great with this meal:
- Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad
- Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing
- Texas Toast
- Serve a little Oreo Fluff for dessert!
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!
- 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
- Optional: 4 ounces uncured pepperoni, chopped (We love Applegate’s Uncured Turkey Pepperoni.)
- Optional: Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
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Make It Now:
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
- 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 (and pepperoni), 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 in Step 2, ending with the last of the cheese on top. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
- 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 (if using fresh tortellini, bake 20-25 minutes). Take off the foil and bake about 10-15 minutes more, or until golden on top and hot throughout.
- 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.
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.
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