Twenty Minute Easy Tortellini Bake

I don’t always have time to make a time consuming dinner. On days like that, I look for quick and easy meals to make. Dinner is ready in twenty minutes with this Twenty Minute Easy Tortellini Bake.

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Pastaholic. Is that a word? Perhaps a made up word. Made up by me. I’ve called myself a pastaholic before. I love pasta. I can gobble it up even when it’s unseasoned and straight out of the pot. This is one of the reasons that I have to exercise. Between pasta and cookies, if I didn’t exercise, I’d be pretty miserable. Not that I live off of pasta and cookies. I don’t eat them everyday. But I’ll admit, I can get a little out of control when there are pasta dishes around. And cookies? Forget about a ton of control with those. Cookies are by far my biggest sweets weakness! What’s yours?

Some of my favorite pasta dishes include dishes with red sauce or cheese sauce. O.M.G. Have I told you how big of a sucker I am for macaroni and cheese? And an experimenter. You could set up a lab in my kitchen and I could conduct macaroni and cheese experiments. YES! Experiments with different macaroni and cheese flavors (type of cheese, addition or meat or veggies, different seasonings and peppers,) I’m down with that!

Twenty Minute Easy Tortellini Bake from

I like to experiment with easy pasta recipes as well. That’s how I developed the recipe I’m sharing today. I mixed some frozen cheese tortellini with my Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce and topped it with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Shut the front door. Seriously, it was really that simple!

Serve with a garden salad or ceaser salad and garlic bread for a complete meal!


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Twenty Minute Easy Tortellini Bake
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Recipe type: Pasta, Casserole
Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 C tortellini (can be frozen or refrigerated)
  • 1½ C spaghetti sauce Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 to 1½ C of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Parsley for garnish
  1. Cook the tortellini according to package directions, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Toss with desired amount of spaghetti sauce.
  3. Place in a 1½ qt baking dish and top with shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. During the last couple of minutes, turn on your broiler so the cheese gets slightly browned.
  5. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired.

Remember, if you don’t have time to cook, make this recipe! Your family will love you. Your stomach will too!

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  1. says

    Julie, I am totally SWOONING over this bake! I am a pastaholic as well and nothing makes me happier than a giant plate of pasta with gooey melted cheese. I am pinning this and cannot wait to try it!

  2. says

    Wow, that look stunning Julie… I’m stunned! Love all that cheesy goodness going on here. Delicious! And you gotta love how quick it is to put together. Outstanding & pinning!

    • says

      Thank you so much, Anne! I got Ken to help me with that second pic. He was my official spoon holder. I couldn’t get my tripod to work right so I could take the photo of me holding the spoon! I told Ken he has to be my photography assistant from now on so I can get more shots like that! Thanks for the compliments and for pinning. :)

    • says

      Awesome! This is one that will be on regular rotation at my house! It’s so easy to make and my boyfriend and I both loved it. Thanks so much for stopping by, Chung-Ah. :)

  3. Joanne says

    Hi Julie- Your tortellini looks scrumptious! I eat peanut butter out of the jar, too. I love this brand, Better n Peanut Butter; slightly lower in sugar than my favorite Jif, and you can buy it in plain, banana, and chocolate.

  4. says

    I was given 20 minutes to cook something, I don’t know if I can make something that looks this good, Julie! Love the cheesy tortellini! Having two kids around, this kind of meals save us during the weekdays!

  5. Ashley M says

    Made this tonight (with your spaghetti sauce recipe too, which came out awesome btw) and it was delicious! The boy went back for seconds, cheesy and very yummy! Thanks! :)

  6. Sofia says

    Hi there! Thanks very much for this idea! I was actually looking for something I could make and serve at my staff luncheon. This looks awesome and delish! I am planning to double it….. Or else make 2 separate pans of it. Thanks again!!

    • says

      You’re very welcome, Sofia! I actually made this again for dinner last night. I was busy and didn’t get around to making dinner until after 7. We were eating dinner by 7:45! I hope you enjoy this and thanks for stopping by!

  7. says

    Found this on pinterest and made it for dinner tonight. Delicious!! Quick, simple and oh so yummy! I love that you could easily make this for a quick meal if friends stop over without notice. Everything is usually on hand (especially if you use frozen tortellini). This will be a new regular for me! Thanks!!

  8. says

    I’m always wanting to try new things, or, at least, things new to me. I recently started blogging (which will also include food recipes I’ve actually attempted), and tonight for dinner, I wanted to try a chicken and tortellini bake. I stumbled on your recipe on Pinterest, and I will be using your recipe as a guide for my own (HA!) I’m sure it’ll be good. It may not be a pretty as your picture is, but it’ll definitely be up there. Chicken is marinating for it now! Can’t wait! Thanks!

    • says

      Welcome to the world of blogging, Jason! You are doing well already – using recipes as guides to build your own recipe is one of my favorite things to do! I think we all find inspiration in other recipes. I hope you enjoy the recipe and thanks so much for stopping by. :)

    • says

      Thanks, Erin! It’s so easy to make and the slow cooker sauce that I reference is easy to make, too! LOVE making this on the days I don’t have time to get fancy in the kitchen. :)

  9. Yvonne says

    This looks absolutely amazing!! I’m actually making this tonight for dinner. I’m going to add some shredded chicken to it. I can’t wait to try this…!!

  10. says

    I LOVE tortellini and his recipe was a huge hit when I made it. I am making this for a big group of ladies this weekend and I’ll make sure to print off the recipe! I know I will be asked for it!! :)

  11. Tammy Shaw-Reynolds says

    I am probably not a pastaholic, but I could be. I discovered a pasta few years ago called “Dreamfields”, it has a 65% lower glycemic index than regular pasta and I can digest it (as opposed to whole wheat after the removal of my gall bladder). I am not sure if it is available in your area but it’s worth a try, it tastes awesome and now I can eat even more and exercise the same. :)

  12. says

    Do you suppose I could skip boiling the tortellini first and just put them from the fridge into the dish into the oven and then cook it longer? I hate the hassle and extra dirty dishes of boiling pasta first.

    • says

      Hi Teresa,

      I can’t say for sure as I have never cooked the tortellini that way. But since the tortellini that I used is the refrigerated type that is already hydrated, think it could work. I’ll have to test that one day but if you give it a try, please do stop by to let me know if it worked!


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