Sunday, January 9, 2011

Baked Tortellini

Tortellini is a satisfying comfort food. This dish adapted from Giada's Everyday Pasta cookbook comes together in a flash and looks impressive. We think it would be better with meat-filled tortellini but liked the appearance of the tri-colored pasta we used.

1 lb cheese tortellini (or filling of your choice)
1/4 C chopped parsley
1/4 C chopped fresh basil
1/3 C mascarpone cheese
2 C marinara sauce (jarred is fine)
1/2 t salt or to taste
2+ oz thinly sliced mozzarella cheese
3 T shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 475. Lightly oil an 8x8 pan or small casserole dish with olive oil
2. Cook tortellini in boiling water for 2 minutes until slightly tender, drain and set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, mix salt, basil, parsley, mascarpone and marinara sauce. Add tortellini and mix until pasta is coated.
4. Pour pasta mix into prepared pan and top with sliced mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake 20 minutes until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted.

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