Baked Tortellini Casserole

Trying new recipes and exploring the web for ideas has become a passion for me. I was having a friend over for lunch and needed and menu. It had to be easy and I needed to make it ahead of time so I wouldn’t be bogged down in the kitchen with last minute preparations. Oh-and it could not be expensive.  Well of course I started browsing and came up with a wonderful idea from  no .2 pencil. She has some great recipes-you should check out her out!

http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2013/10/18/baked-tortellini-casserole/

I made a few variations to this recipe and it was a big hit! My friend (and Thommmee)  loved it and thought it tasted a lot like lasagna. This recipe, however, was much easier and quicker than lasagna! Of course I adapted it and I am showing the version I used. For the original recipe, please refer to her blog.

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 good-sized zucchini chopped using grater or food processor.

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About 1/2 cup chopped onion

some minced garlic

1  can/jar of prepared spaghetti sauce

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1 24 oz package of fresh or frozen cheese (or your favorite) tortellini

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2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil, until soft.  Add finely chopped zucchini.

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Cook together for a few minutes until zucchini is softened.

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Add spaghetti sauce and cook for about 10 minutes allowing all the flavors to come together.

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Stir in uncooked tortellini and about  1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese.

 

wpid-20141106_103156.jpgTransfer to casserole dish

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Cover tightly with foil. This will cook the pasta so don’t skip this step.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Extra time may be needed for frozen tortellini.

Remove foil.

Add remainder of cheese cooking until melted.

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 Delicious!

I added a salad and bread for a perfect meal!

Another keeper for my recipe box.

Next time I will add mushrooms!

Thanks, no .2 pencil

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