Creamy Baked Tortellini

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This cheesy, creamy baked tortellini is perfect all year long! An extra quick homemade cheese sauce is tossed with tender tortellini and ham and peas.

Swap out the add-ins for your favorites (or whatever you have on hand) to create a quick and delicious pasta recipe!

Cheesy Tortellini Bake on a white plate

This baked tortellini recipe will be a winner because there are so many different mix-ins and add-ons, you can use nearly whatever you have on hand and everyone will love it!

How to Make Tortellini Bake

This creamy baked tortellini recipe is so simple to prepare.

  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Do not overcook, they will cook more in the oven.
  2. Make the cheese sauce (per recipe below).
  3. Combine everything in a casserole dish and cover with remaining cheddar cheese and bake uncovered.

Variations

  • Swap ham for leftover chicken or turkey
  • Swap peas for leftover roasted veggies
  • Add in fresh veggies that have been steamed or sautéed tender crisp. Steamed broccoli is a favorite!
  • Trade out the cheeses for whatever is in your fridge. Ensure at least one of the cheeses has a bold flavor.

Cheesy Tortellini Bake ingredients in a dish with sauce

Shortcut: Swap out the homemade sauce for jarred alfredo sauce (you’ll need about 22oz or 1 1/2 (15 oz each jars) and stir in the cheeses.

Add in leftover roasted veggies or leftover chicken in place of ham.

What To Serve With Tortellini Bake

Depending on what you put in your signature version of tortellini bake, nearly anything can be a good side dish! Try a fresh, crispy salad with a tangy vinaigrette, beet salad or even a simple tossed salad.

Serve with a slice of garlic bread!

Cheesy Tortellini Bake in a white casserole dish

Got Leftovers?

Creamy tortellini leftovers make great next day lunches for school and work! It can even be served cold!

  • To Reheat: Thaw in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave. Add a little milk to thin it out a bit if needed.

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Cheesy Tortellini Bake on a white plate
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Review Recipe

Creamy Baked Tortellini

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
This easy tortellini bake is filled with creamy, cheesy goodness!

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces cheese tortellini refrigerated
  • 2 cups ham chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 ⅔ cups whole milk
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 cup frozen green peas defrosted

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook tortellini according to package directions.
  • Combine butter, garlic and basil in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat 3-4 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add flour and seasonings. Cook 1 minute. Stir in milk a little at a time until smooth. Bring to a boil while stirring over medium heat.
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese until smooth and melted.
  • Combine tortellini, sauce, ham, and green peas in a 9x13 pan. Top with remaining cheddar cheese and bake uncovered, 15-20 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 484, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 966mg, Potassium: 237mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 557IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 366mg, Iron: 3mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword baked tortellini
Course Casserole, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. Very tasty Holly, although I can’t remember IF I followed THIS particular recipe, or one which was very similar in the past. I’m sure this dish would have been terrific, even before I made some slight alterations for my family’s personal preferences. I used Spinach Tortellini, which was stuffed w/cheese, a ‘lower sodium’ widely available deli ham (Krakus brand), & as I always do for casseroles which call for milk, I used Evaporated Milk – which has all the water ‘evaporated’ out of it, so it makes the casserole creamier, and the sauce will stick much better to the pasta. Please note: I’m not criticizing your recipe, but just saying how I made it to suit my family. Everyone, including our 4 little ones, gave it a big fat thumbs up, so I’ll definately be making it this way again.4 stars

    1. So glad you loved it, Angelina! And no criticism taken ☺️ We love hearing how you adapt the recipe for your family! Your substitutions do sound delicious though!

  2. I have tried a number of your recipes and so far have not found a single one that myself and family don’t enjoy5 stars

  3. Another great recipe, Holly. I did use a jarred Alfredo sauce, but over all, the meal is delicious and was very well liked by the family. Thanks again for a great recipe.

    :) Lee5 stars

  4. Hey,
    As always, you’ve pulled another great recipe out of your hat. Easy to make, with great taste !!!
    Regards,
    Charles5 stars