Baked Cheese Tortellini (No-Boil)

Cheesy Baked Tortellini recipe – the ultimate comfort food! Italian sausage, tortellini pasta, marinara sauce, water, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. No need to boil the pasta! Serve with a salad and some garlic bread. Add this delicious pasta recipe to your menu the next time you need an easy weeknight meal.

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Baked Tortellini Bolognese

This Baked Cheese Tortellini makes a super easy weeknight dinner! Just toss everything in the pan and let the oven do all the work! In addition to being super easy, this dish is also super delicious! It is packed full of great flavors. We ate this for dinner and again for lunch the next couple of days. It was equally delicious reheated! Give this a try the next time you need an easy meal that the whole family will enjoy!

How to Make Baked Tortellini and Sausage

This pasta casserole is effortless to make with only six simple ingredients. In a large skillet, cook Italian sausage over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain excess grease. In a bowl, stir together spaghetti sauce, water, frozen cheese tortellini pasta, and cooked sausage. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick spray. Transfer the tortellini mixture to the prepared baking dish. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated oven until the pasta is tender. Remove the tin foil and sprinkle the top of the casserole with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Garnish the pasta with fresh parsley.

  • Can substitute ground turkey or ground beef.
    • Can use pork breakfast sausage instead of Italian sausage.
  • Omit sausage for a vegetarian dish.
  • My favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce (green label), Rao’s, Carbone, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
  • There is no need to thaw the frozen tortellini.
  • I use cheese tortellini. You can use any flavor of tortellini you prefer. Spinach tortellini is delicious.
  • Feel free to add some fresh herbs and fresh spinach to the tortellini mixture.
  • Can I freeze Baked Tortellini? Yes. Bake the pasta and cool completely. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 3 months.
    • To reheat, thaw and baked covered in the oven until hot throughout.
    • For easy meal prep, divide pasta into individual portions and freeze them in a freezer-safe container. Perfect for school lunches.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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What to Serve with Baked Pasta

This pasta bake is a family favorite! It is perfect for busy weeknights. It is so easy to make and is on the dinner table in under an hour. We serve this with a garden salad and some garlic bread. It is equally delicious with our favorite Italian Green Bean Salad. This makes a lot of food, so it is also a great recipe for a potluck. Add this to your menu ASAP! It is sure to be a hit!

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Baked Tortellini (No-Boil)

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cheesy Baked Tortellini recipe – the ultimate comfort food! Italian sausage, tortellini pasta, marinara sauce, water, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. No need to boil the pasta! Serve with a salad and some garlic bread. Add this delicious pasta recipe to your menu the next time you need an easy weeknight meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb sausage cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (19-oz) bag frozen cheese tortellini
  • 1 (24 to 26-oz) jar pasta sauce
  • cups water
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella divided
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Lightly grease 9×13 pan; set aside.
  • Combine sauce, water, 1 cup of mozzarella, sausage, parmesan and cheese tortellini. Pour into 9×13 pan and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until bubbly.

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Comments

    1. I’ve never tried this recipe with Alfredo sauce. Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    1. I’ve never made this as a freezer meal. Not sure how the pasta would turn out with all the extra water. You can certainly try it. I would recommend thawing before baking.

    1. I haven't tried this with the refrigerated tortellini. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!

  1. Sooooo delicious and so quick to throw together! Love it! My family absolutely loves cheese filled pasta, and therefore really enjoyed this dish, as did I. On a busy weeknight, it just doesn't get any easier than this. LOVE these no-boil recipes.

  2. Sorry to seem an idiot but I am from South Africa, although we do use and have the same kind of ingredients, we just use different names for it so I often look for the meaning on the net this time what is Tortellini is it cheese or pasta.Thank you for a great blog, I really enjoy it as I love food and cooking and as I am now a cripple after a stroke I have all the time to look at new ideas and I have also written a cook book but not published yet as I do not have the funds to have it printed.

    1. I would just add in uncooked…. It will turn out well… that's how I do it when I bake my lazy lasagna… hope that helps

  3. If you were to add spinach to this, would you suggest wilting fresh before adding or just using fresh (uncooked) spinach?

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