Easy Cheesy Tortellini

Posted 12 March, 2010 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 6 Comments

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I can’t remember where I originally found this recipe–somewhere on the food network (maybe Giada de Laurentiis?). And through my own laziness I’ve dumbed it down a bit and made it super easy. But goodness is it yummy! I’m not a big spaghetti sauce fan, but this I love. And great leftovers.

Easy Cheesy Tortellini
1 package tortellini
1 container mascarpone (use maybe 1/3-1/2 cup)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Spices to taste (oregano, parsley, etc.)
1/2-1 cup mozzarella cheese
(original recipe calls for sliced smoked mozz which is great but hard to find)
1. Boil tortellini

2. Mix mascarpone, spaghetti sauce, spices in baking dish
3. Toss in cooked tortellini
4. Top with cheese

5. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melty

6. Enjoy.

Picture taken in Lubbock 2006 when I still made Scott eat dinner at the kitchen table (now we are in the bad habit of eating in front of the TV…when we have kids, I say, that’ll change). I told Scott that he needed to make a “happy plate” which is kid-term for clean plate. What a smartass! And boy does he look young!!
Bon Appetite!

6 Responses to “Easy Cheesy Tortellini”

  1. YUUUUMMMMMYYYY!! That looks delicious! I showed your pictures to Matt and told him we would be having that for dinner very soon. What’s mascarpone? I need to look that up because I know I should know what it is, but I don’t!

  2. I just saw the link to this blog on Rachel’s…I didn’t even know it existed!!

    I totally love, love this recipe. It was a Giada recipe and I too have changed it to be easier. We eat this a ton when it is cool out.

  3. I haven’t made this EXACT recipe, but ones like it, and it’s also REALLY good, if instead of mascarpone, you put in the fancy-pants spreadable cheese, like the boursin or alouette kind, that are always up ther ein the deli case looking snooty. It’s like built in seasoning :). Also good, with that kind of cheese, no spaghetti sauce, and just some heavy whipping cream, if you like white sauce. Kind of like really zippy MAcaroni and Cheese :).

  4. *Laura – Mascarpone is an Italian cream cheese (or something). Used in a lot of Italian desserts, although I think it’s kind of bland. Makes the dish really creamy, though.

    *Michelle – This one is so easy and very yummy!

    *Elise – I think this is the only Giada recipe I’ve cooked but it’s so delicious. And you’re right–great for cold weather.

    *Jason – I know just the alouette cheese you’re talking about! I had never thought of putting it in a dish but I’ll have to try it. Zippy Mac and Cheese sounds REALLY good!!

    *Valentina – :-/ Not sure if Spaghetti sauce is the same as tomato sauce but I guess it probably is??