Nonna's Baked Tortellini Pasta Casserole Recipe: Ring the Dinner Bell by Ann Marie Patitucci

Nonna's Baked Tortellini Pasta Casserole Recipe: Ring the Dinner Bell

Making dinner on busy weeknights doesn’t have to be something we dread (or is it just me who dreads it?). Pasta recipes can help, as can casseroles recipes. Pasta is cost-effective, cooks quickly and is versatile. Casseroles are great because you can throw them in the oven and get something else done while your casserole cooks. Or, better yet, sit down and relax for a few minutes! Casseroles often provide leftovers, which make for an easy lunch or dinner the next day. Some special recipes give you the best of both worlds. For instance, pasta as a casserole! This easy, cheesy baked tortellini recipe is a great example.

My family doesn’t always agree on what to have for dinner; in fact, we seldom do. However, pasta is something we all love. We each have our favorites (mine is eggplant parmesan), but we’re all happy to eat just about any Italian dish (a family favorite is my spaghetti bolognese). We all enjoy baked ziti, but had never tried baked tortellini. Until now! I highly recommend this tortellini casserole recipe, especially for: hungry eaters, picky kids, casserole lovers, pasta lovers, tortellini lovers, cheese lovers – and just about everyone else, too!

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Cuisine: Italian / American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic or 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 package (24 ounces) fresh cheese tortellini, uncooked
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese (divided)

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Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • Try this recipe with spinach tortellini or other flavors.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Cook the onions until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Add ground beef and cook until brown.
  2. Once beef is cooked, stir in crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  3. Stir in uncooked tortellini and 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese. Transfer to casserole dish and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
  4. Cover tightly with foil. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 396

Total Fat: 13.3g

Saturated Fat: 3.1g

Cholesterol: 70mg

Sodium: 546mg

Total Carbohydrate: 39.7g

Dietary Fiber: 2.2g

Total Sugars: 4.5g

Protein: 29.4g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 39mg

Iron: 12mg

Potassium: 348mg

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I love your yummy Italian recipes so thanks for the ideas.
You’re not the only one who dreads cooking during the week, haha. We gotta stick together!

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