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Friday, May 31, 2013

Tortellini Bake

                                   

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Sometimes everyone needs a fast and easy dinner recipe -- this is about to become my go to. This recipe is a nice comforting dish to come home to and it's so easy to make.

From the Art of Comfort Baking.

Ingredients:
-1 bag of frozen cheese filled tortellini (19 or 20 oz)
-1 jar of alfredo sauce (15 oz)
-1/2 jar of marinara sauce
-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350.
Cook the tortellini according to package directions.
Mix with the alfredo and marinara sauce in an 8x8 baking dish.

Top with mozzarella and parmesan. 
Bake for fifteen minutes.

Then broil for five minutes to get a nice bubbly and golden topping. 

Serve immediately. 
                                   
Deliciousness. 
                                   
This was so easy to make! I was so happy about how easy this was to put together, the flavors went great together. If you're having a bad day, but you're not feeling take-out, this might replace mac and cheese as your new favorite comfort food.

50 comments:

  1. I didn't see what temperature to bake it at for the 15 minutes...?

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    1. 350. I added it at the top. Thanks for letting us know!

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    2. Thanks! I made it tonight. Delish!

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    3. I'm glad that you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Making this right now, long busy day and have my niece over so it seemed like the perfect last minute dinner.

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    1. Let me know how the recipe went for you! I hope it was the perfect recipe for dinner tonight.

      Thanks for stopping by the blog.

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  3. Is this somethin I could make now and have my boyfriend just stick in the oven tonight?

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    1. Anonymous,

      I think that would work just fine! Just do everything up until baking and then stick in the oven later. I think that since it bakes for fifteen and broils for five that even if it's been in the fridge it should heat all the way through.

      If you try it, stop back and let me know how you both liked it!

      -Alecia

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  4. Mmm making it now, but I added shredded chicken, wilted spinach and gnocchi plus used fresh mozzarella. Hoping it turns out great this way!

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  5. I see now this is specific to vegetarian cooking so the chicken might not be what some people are looking for but the other addition might work well. Oops haha I found this on pinterest and just had to try.

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    1. My other blogger, plus my boyfriend, are not actually vegetarian so they might enjoy adding chicken to the recipe!

      The rest of the variation sounds delicious to me, if you get a chance to stop back please let me know how it went for you! And thank you for joining us from Pinterest.

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    2. It turned out great, I think adding onions and some fresh garlic when I cook off the spinach would add the last perfect touch, but it was still amazing!

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    3. I'll keep that in mind next time I make this recipe, thank you for taking the time to comment back to let us know!

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  6. This would be great with chicken or sausage tortellini :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by.

      If you try it with chicken or sausage tortellini let me know, my boyfriend loved it with cheese tortellini, but he would love it even more with sausage tortellini!

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    2. im trying with chicken tortellini now

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  7. Just curious as to what kind of alfredo and marinara you use?

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    1. You could use any kind, my boyfriend did the shopping for this recipe so I don't remember which brands he bought. I'm guessing he went to Giant Eagle (a local chain store) and bought the store brand of both.

      I'm sure anything you use would be fine :)

      Thank you for stopping by to comment, if you make it let me know how it went.

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  8. Would it be possible to eliminate the alfredo and just use only marinara or even use spaghetti sauce? My husband and child both HATE alfredo but this sounds so good and easy...

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    1. You can leave out the alfredo! It just makes the sauce more cheesy and turns it more orange like you see in the pictures. You can always add more mozzarella or parmesean to make up for it. If you try it, stop back and tell me how it when!

      Thanks for commenting.

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  9. Made this for my husband and I about a month or two ago. It was really good! We needed comfort food at the time, and this worked so well! We would like to add a veggie to it and thought about broccoli. Thoughts on this or other veggies?

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    1. Forgot to mention, we included chicken in ours.

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    2. Thanks for stopping back to comment!

      I'm happy that it went well for you, my boyfriend is jealous of all of the recipes that included chicken (I'm a vegetarian, but he's not).

      I think roasted peppers would be good in this, any variety of colors. Mushrooms and onions. If you want something crunchy, I think broccoli would be good (it's good in pasta).

      I hope that helped!

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    3. If you're interested in roasting peppers here's a link:

      http://benczean.blogspot.com/2012/09/roasted-red-pepper-tortellini.html

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  10. Can this recipe be made ahead of time, refridgerated then cooked?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

      I've never tried to put it in the fridge first, but I don't see why not! It may just need to cook longer since it will be cold. I would bake it for the 15 minutes and then test a tortellini -- if it's still not hot then cook another ten-fifteen minutes (checking again to see if the tortellini is hot) before broiling the dish .

      If you try the recipe and get the chance please stop back to let me know how it went!

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  11. Made this for dinner lastnight and omg soo yummy. Big hit with everyone. And so quick n easy :)

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    1. Cheryl, thanks for stopping by to let me know how it went. I'm glad everyone enjoyed it!

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  12. This is a FAVE in our house! Making it again tonight for dinner. LOVE this recipe, thanks for sharing with us :)

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    1. Shonda,

      Thank you for stopping back to comment, I'm glad that the recipe has become a favorite.

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  13. What size jar of Marinara did you use? The jar I bought was pretty large and half of it seems like it was way too much marinara. It was really tasty anyway, but there was a lot more sauce and it looked a lot pinker than your pictures.

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    1. Anonymous,

      My co-blogger and I each made this recipe separately. Both of us think that we used half of a 16 ounce jar of marinara sauce, that seems to be the standard size in our grocery stores. Since you said it looked more pink, I'm guessing the alfredo/marinara proportion was just off.

      I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe otherwise, I hope I helped!

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  14. I'm going to try this on a busy weeknight, but with ravioli instead because the kids are picky. Seems like it will taste great either way! Thanks for a great, easy dinner idea.

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    1. Heidi,

      I'm sure it will be just as delicious with ravioli! Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  15. Is it supposed ti say 19 oz or 9 oz tortellini

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    1. 19 or 20 ounces of tortellini, whatever size your grocery store has. That will make an 8x8 pan of the tortellini bake.

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  16. My roommate made this recipe 4 nights ago but it was so good I had to make it again! I work 2 jobs so having a recipe for something so simple, comforting, and filling is exactly what I needed! Thanks so much!

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    1. Kathryn,

      Thank you for stopping by to comment, I'm glad that you and your roommate enjoyed it!

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I made it tonight and it was a great hit with all who tried it! I used a Garlic Alfredo sauce and Spicy Marinara, which gave the dish a perfect little "kick". Awesome recipe that I will definitely be using again in the near future! This is my new go-to!

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    1. Ashley,

      That sounds delicious! I am going to pick-up those sauces once my finals are over and remake this. Thank you for stopping by to comment and thank you so much for the fantastic flavor suggestion.

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  18. If I'm using fresh, never frozen, tortellini, do I just mix and bake? Thanks...

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    1. Connie,

      I have never tried to use anything but frozen or dried tortellini.

      Fresh tortellini has such a short boil time (3-6 minutes), I would think that if you just mixed and baked it that the small amount of cooking that the tortellini would typically do in the water, it would do in the sauce instead.

      If you try it, stop by and let me know how you liked the recipe. Thank you for commenting.

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  19. Can you leave out the broiling? If so home much longer should you bake it for?

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    1. Anonymous,

      You could leave off the broiling -- that just gives the cheese that browned, pizza-look on top.

      I would just bake it for 20-30 minutes until the cheese is completely melted on top. Everything else should be heated through at that point.

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  20. Is this something that could be made ahead and frozen?

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    1. Anonymous,

      I have never tried to make this ahead and then freeze the recipe. If you do, I would suggest making the tortellini and incorporating the sauces, but not adding the cheese before freezing.

      The bake time would likely need to be increased to account for the tortellini being frozen.

      If you do make this please let me know how it goes!

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  21. Yum, such a guilty pleasure, although not so guilty now!

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  22. How many servings does this make? Wondering if I need to double it for my family of 5.

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    1. This probably makes about six small servings and would be a pretty decent dinner served with a salad and bread.

      If you want to make sure you'll have leftovers (or if you're feeding teenagers, my brothers will eat quite a bit of this) then doubling the recipe is probably the way to go!

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