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Friday, March 25, 2011

Tortellini Casserole

I was in need of a quick and tasty casserole one night and I scrounged around in my pantry until I had all the ingredients for this. I used jarred pasta sauce because sometimes it's my best friend in the kitchen. Yep...me and jarred pasta sauce are like *that*. We are BFF's. But, you can use your own homemade sauce and I would be fine with it. However you make this...you can't go wrong. It's sooooooooooooo good.

Tortellini Casserole

1 8-ounce package tortellini, fresh, boxed or frozen - cooked
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion – chopped
2 cloves garlic - minced
1 red pepper – chopped
1 green pepper – chopped
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
3 cups pasta sauce – fresh or jarred
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Cook tortellini according to package directions. Set aside.

In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in some olive oil for a few minutes. Add chopped peppers and cook until slightly soft. Add Italian seasoning and salt and pepper, to taste. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Cook ground beef until done. Drain, if necessary. Add onion/pepper mixture to ground beef then stir in the pasta sauce and 1 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir in cooked tortellini. Pour into greased 9x13 casserole dish and top with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 20 – 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Let's get going with this!

Boil the tortellini...drain and set aside.

Saute the onion and garlic in some olive oil then add the peppers, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Cook until slightly soft. Remove the veggies to plate and set aside.

Cook the ground beef...drain if necessary... then add the veggies back to the pan with the cooked beef.

Pour in your pasta sauce... jarred OR homemade. ;-)

Add some fresh grated parm.

Dump in your cooked tortellini...

...then plop the whole thing in a greased casserole dish and bake it until hot!

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