Tortellini al Forno – easy and quick, cheesy baked tortellini with tomato pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese!
What is tortellini al forno? It is a tortellini pasta bake dish which can be made in many different ways. Most famous Tortellini al Forno (meaning “tortellini from the oven”) is a copycat recipe for Olive Garden tortellini baked in white Alfredo sauce.
I wanted something different, a recipe with tomato sauce and lots of cheese, which is common Neapolitan “primo piato” (appetizer) recipe.
You can use any tomato pasta sauce that you like. My favorite is my homemade Tomato Sauce (Salsa di pomodoro). I added a little bit of cream to it to make it milder.
Any type of stuffed tortellini you like can be used in this recipe: with prosciutto, cheese, goat cheese, mushroom or spinach.
Melting cheese is a must, whether mild or strong tasting. I used mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Another time I also crumbled some Feta cheese in the middle layer and it made the flavor even more enhanced (I liked it!). Even ricotta cheese would work in this recipe.
Layers of tortellini, tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese make this easy weeknight dinner casserole a true winter comfort food.
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- 500 g (1.1 lb) fresh tortellini
- 800 g (28 oz) tomato pasta sauce
- 3 Tbsp cream
- 400 g (14.1 oz) mozzarella cheese; cubed, shredded or sliced
- 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
Cook tortellini according to manufacturers direction. Drain.
Mix tomato sauce with cream. Add drained pasta.
Place half of the mixture into an oiled baking dish or casserole dish. Put half of the mozzarella cheese over it and sprinkle with a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.
Place another half of the tortellini mixture in the dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake in 200 C (392 F) oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Images show just 1/2 batch.
Tortellini al Forno look like a dish that came out of a kitchen of this 19th century mansion I shot recently: