Three cheese tortellini is one of those pastas that can be made ahead and stored in the freezer for quick dinners on busy nights. They also turn into delicious Italian casseroles that are easy to bake when you’re ready.
This recipe is easy enough for weekday meals and impressive enough for entertaining. You can prep the dish up to 2 days ahead and bake it off when you’re ready.
Baked Tortellini with Alfredo Sauce
This baked tortellini dish is a classic pasta casserole that’s a family favorite. It’s loaded with cheese and pasta sauce and is a quick and easy dinner to make on your busy weeknights. You only need a few ingredients to make this dish.
It’s a great meal to serve on a weeknight as it only takes about 20 minutes of prep time and doesn’t require a ton of cooking in the oven. Plus, it’s low in calories and fat!
You’ll need frozen tortellini, a jar of creamy Alfredo sauce, chicken broth or water, and dried thyme. Once these ingredients are combined, transfer them to a large baking dish and bake. Then stir in the diced chicken, spinach, tomatoes, cottage cheese, and garlic powder. Finally, top with shredded mozzarella cheese and broil until the cheese is gooey and cheesy!
The best part about this recipe is that it’s super simple to make and you don’t have to boil any of the pasta before baking. Just add the tortellini and chicken, pour the creamy sauce over it all, and bake until it’s bubbly and hot!
To make the sauce, melt some butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once it’s melted, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds. Once the garlic is fragrant, whisk in heavy cream and half of the parmesan cheese. Once the cream and parmesan cheese have completely melted, remove the skillet from the heat.
Once the tortellini and chicken are cooked, add them to a 2.7 quart baking dish along with broccoli. Pour over the creamy Alfredo sauce and toss to combine. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Then place the dish in the oven to bake until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
If you are looking for a lighter version of this casserole, try making it with a light Alfredo sauce. Most brands of light Alfredo sauce have just 15 more calories and 1g more fat per 1/4 cup than regular Alfredo sauce, so you can easily substitute it for regular in this recipe.
This dish also works well with other ingredients. You can add grilled chicken strips, meatballs, or Italian sausage to the alfredo sauce before baking it to give it a different flavor. You can also mix in cooked broccoli florets, green beans, or asparagus with the pasta and sauce before baking to create a vegetable-filled dinner.
To serve, you can garnish this dish with fresh parsley and chopped chives for added color and taste. You can serve this dish with some crusty bread or a green salad.
For a lower calorie, low-fat option, you can replace the heavy cream in this recipe with milk instead. This will reduce the overall calories and fat in the recipe but it will still be very tasty!
Grilled Vegetable Tortellini with Three Cheese Tomato Sauce
Three cheese tortellini is one of my favorite pasta dishes – it’s hearty and cheesy, yet still low carb and gluten free. This recipe combines tortellini and roasted veggies in a silky tomato sauce with cheese & herbs for a meal the whole family will love!
It’s quick & easy to make, too! And since this is a one-pan dinner, it saves me some washing up – which I love!
Cooked tortellini is tossed with roasted vegetables, marinara sauce, and mozzarella, then baked. This cheesy tortellini dish is perfect for meatless Mondays, or any weeknight meal.
To start, toss peppers and onions with a little olive oil on a baking sheet. Season with Italian seasoning and salt. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and browned.
While the vegetables are roasting, cook the tortellini according to package directions, minus 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
Once the tortellini is cooked, combine with the tomato sauce, ricotta, and parmesan in a large bowl. Stir to evenly distribute the ingredients.
Then, pour the tortellini mixture into a baking dish and top with more mozzarella and Parmesan. Sprinkle with a little extra salt and pepper to taste.
You can even serve this as a main dish by doubling the recipe! It is also delicious served with a salad.
It’s a great way to use up any leftover roasted vegetables or canned beans that you might have on hand! It’s also a good way to get the kids eating more fruits and vegetables.
Alternatively, you can also make this using beef-filled tortellini or ravioli. Any filled pasta will work.
If you’d like to try this grilled vegetable tortellini recipe, it is easy and inexpensive. It is a perfect low-carb meal for a family on a budget. It is a great weeknight dinner that the whole family will enjoy.
When it comes to storing this tortellini dish, you will want to store it in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge. Leftovers can be reheated on the stove or in the microwave, stirring occasionally.
You can also freeze this dish. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container.
The tortellini in this dish keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, and it can be reheated on the stove in 30-second intervals until warmed through.
It’s a great lunch, too! If you’re looking for a quick, easy meal on a busy weeknight, this tortellini dish is a must-try!
This cheesy tortellini recipe is easy to prepare and perfect for your next weeknight meal. It’s low-carb, gluten free, and full of flavor!
You can add black olives and sun-dried tomatoes to the tomato sauce for a bit of added flavor. You can also use fresh basil instead of dried for a pretty garnish.
Sauteed Garlic Shrimp with Three Cheese Tortellini
The cheese in this three cheese tortellini recipe is a perfect partner for the tender shrimp and pasta. It will quickly become your family’s new favorite. It is also quick to make and a great choice for a weeknight meal.
Tortellini is a popular type of pasta that is easy to cook and has a soft texture that makes it an ideal ingredient for this dish. It is also low in calories and high in fiber. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight meal and can be made ahead of time to save even more time.
To start, boil water in a pot and add tortellini. When the pasta is cooked, drain and set aside. Reserve 3-4 tablespoons of the pasta water to use when tossing the rest of the ingredients in the pan.
Sauteed garlic shrimp combined with three cheese tortellini, sundried tomatoes and basil make a tasty, colorful, and elegant lunch or dinner main dish. This meal is also healthy and a great option for those who are on a Keto diet or following a Whole 30 plan.
This easy and delicious shrimp tortellini recipe is a wonderful weeknight dinner that is easy to make. It is loaded with tender shrimp and a creamy lemon garlic sauce that is absolutely delicious! This dish is ready to eat in less than 15 minutes and will be a hit with the whole family.
This meal is a part of Nestle’s Balance Your Plate program which is focused on making eating well easier by helping you enjoy nutritious meals that are easy to prepare and make. Visit Buitoni and the Balance Your Plate website for more mealtime inspiration and ideas!