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baked cheese tortellini in a casserole dish

Baked Tortellini (Tomato & Meat Sauce)

This cheesy baked tortellini recipe is simple to prep, uses everyday ingredients, and makes a comforting family meal that even picky eaters will love.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baked cheese tortellini, baked tortellini with meat sauce, tortellini bake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 417kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (one 24 oz. jar)
  • 2 (9 ounce) packages uncooked refrigerated cheese tortellini see note
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar


  • Preheat your oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.
  • Add the oil and onion to a skillet over medium-high heat and sauté for 4-5 minutes.
  • Stir in the beef and garlic and continue cooking, breaking the meat up with your spoon as you go along, until the beef has browned (about 8-10 minutes). Spoon out excess fat if there's a lot, and then transfer the cooked beef to a 9x13 casserole dish.
  • Add the marinara sauce, cheese tortellini, and some salt & pepper to the casserole dish, then toss it all together and spread it out in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the cheeses over top, then cover the dish tightly with foil.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the tortellini is cooked and the cheese has melted. Optional: take the foil off once it's done, then broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese up a bit.


  • Serves 6-8 depending on how much people eat/what else it's served with.
  • Since the tortellini isn't boiled, it's important that you use refrigerated tortellini since it cooks fast. If using the dried kind, boil it according to package directions first.
  • I used a bagged mozza/cheddar blend (2 cups of it). 
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 972mg | Potassium: 539mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 634IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 283mg | Iron: 4mg