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Sicilian Tortellini Bake

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Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 (26 ounce) jar pasta sauce
1/3 cup water
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 (19 ounce) packages frozen cheese tortellini
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1 cup, divided grated Parmesan cheese

Sicilian Tortellini Bake

  • Serves 0
  • Easy

About This Recipe

I have always loved the combination of ground beef, tomato sauce, pasta, and some type of creamy cheesy sauce. I have many recipes made with that combination of ingredients.

But I felt it was time for a change. I thought that tortellini would be a good addition, and I wanted to bump up the flavor and texture in the beef tomato mixture. This recipe for Sicilian Tortellini Bake is the result.

This is the kind of meal you want when it’s cold outside in the late autumn or early winter, when rain is blowing against the windows and the wind is howling around the chimney. Serve it with a green salad or an old fashioned gelatin fruit salad, with some hot cocoa. Nothing is more comforting.

Steps

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Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9" x 13" glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

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In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Stir frequently to break up the beef.

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Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil.

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When the beef is cooked and the vegetables are tender, drain the beef. Add the pasta sauce, water, and bell peppers and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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When the beef mixture is combined and simmering, combine the cream cheese and milk in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stirring after 1 minute with a wire whisk, until the cream cheese melts and the mixture is smooth and thickened. Stir in the sour cream and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese.

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Now cook the tortellini until it is tender, according to package directions.

7
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Drain the tortellini and add it to the prepared dish. You're almost done!

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Stir the cream cheese sauce into the tortellini in the baking dish until coated.

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Carefully pour the ground beef mixture over the tortellini mixture to cover.

10
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Sprinkle everything with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until everything is bubbly and browned. Serve.

lindaBest

lindaBest

Linda is a home economist who has authored 40 books (39 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies). She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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