If you love the classic layers of traditional lasagna, then this Alfredo Baked Tortellini is going to win your heart and your stomach!
This baked tortellini casserole layers Alfredo sauce, cheese tortellini, fresh spinach, and sausage crumbles. It’s seasoned with cracked black pepper and topped with shredded cheese, baked until golden brown along the edges, and bubbling!
🗝️ Recipe's key points
- This baked tortellini recipe only calls for eight ingredients and is ready to serve in less than an hour of assembling the dish.
- This recipe for baked tortellini takes inspiration from lasagna, layering the ingredients instead of mixing them together.
- It’s incredibly easy to adapt this cheese tortellini bake to suit the preferences of your family or dinner guests.
Baked tortellini with meat sauce is a comforting one-dish meal with rich and bold flavors, creamy Alfredo sauce, and a bubbling melted cheese topping! I’d be surprised if you had any leftovers!
This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.
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- Frozen or pre-made cheese tortellini-- you may also use meat-filled tortellini.
- Pre-cooked sausage crumbles
- Alfredo sauce - we use a jarred variety.
- Baby spinach
- Parmesan cheese - freshly grated is always beer
- Mozzarella cheese - freshly grated-- our preference is for full-fat mozzarella cheese.
- Cracked black pepper
This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Preheat the oven and spray the baking dish with vegetable spray. Spread 1-2 spoonfuls of the Alfredo sauce into the bottom of the dish.
- Add the tortellini.
- Add half of the chopped spinach.
- Add half of the sausage. Drizzle Alfredo sauce over the top and sprinkle cracked pepper.
- Repeat another layer of tortellini, spinach, sausage, and sauce. Finish with a third layer of tortellini, cover with a thin layer of sauce, and top with shredded cheese and more cracked black pepper.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until edges are browned and bubbling.
- Let the casserole rest for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.
Store leftover baked tortellini in an airtight container or in the casserole dish, wrapped tightly with plastic wrap, in the fridge for 3-5 days or in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.
- Add a pinch or two of red pepper for a spicy kick to this dish.
- I prefer the basil alfredo sauce, but you can use your favorite type instead.
- Turn this into a vegetarian dish. Simply omit the meat and increase the spinach or add other vegetables to the layers.
- Change the cheese tortellini to three-cheese tortellini for added indulgence, or use a tortellini with different stuffing.
- If Alfredo sauce isn’t your favorite, consider another pasta sauce such as marinara.
- Use frozen or pre-made cheese tortellini.
- A 9x13-inch baking dish or large casserole dish is perfect for this recipe.
- Leftover frozen tortellini bake should be thawed in the fridge overnight and reheated in the oven, covered with foil, for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Extra shredded cheese can be added to the top of the tortellini pasta bake before reheating in the oven.
Italian sausage is the preferred meat to pair with tortellini since the bold and savory flavors of the sausage compliment the pasta so well. Ground beef is also great!
Yes, you can pan-fry tortellini. Add a tablespoon of your preferred grease (bacon fat or butter) into the pan and heat. Add the tortellini and coat the pasta well in the melted grease. Cook the pasta for 5 minutes or until dark golden brown (but not burnt). If the pasta requires extra cooking time, add another 2-3 minutes in the pan.
Tortellini is offered pre-cooked and uncooked in most grocery stores, depending on your preferences.
Tortellini that is cooked separately from other ingredients only requires about 3-5 minutes of cooking if it is soft, and up to 11 minutes if dried. The pasta will float to the top of a pot of water when done and should have an internal temperature of 165F.
Absolutely! Tortellini doesn’t require a lot of liquid to cook, making it perfect to cook in sauce instead of water.
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- Tortellini Alla Panna - Another creamy pasta dish made with tortellini that everyone will love!
🍽 What to serve with Alfredo Baked Tortellini
This Alfredo Baked Tortellini is a rich dish that would pair well with something light and refreshing, such as a simple side salad. You can also serve this pasta bake with bread.
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Easy Cheesy Alfredo Baked Tortellini Casserole
- 50 oz. cheese tortellini 2 (25oz. frozen or pre-made cheese tortellini
- 9.6 oz. bag pre-cooked sausage crumbles
- 2 C baby spinach chopped, packed
- 30 oz. alfredo sauce, (I like to use basil alfredo sauce.) 2 (15oz. jars) I like the basil alfredo sauce for added flavor.
- 1 C Parmesan cheese shredded
- ½ C mozzarella cheese shredded
- cracked black pepper to taste
- pinch red pepper flakes optional
- Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
- Spray the baking dish with vegetable spray.
- Spread 1-2 spoonfuls of Alfredo sauce into bottom of a 9×13 baking dish or large casserole dish
Make in layers:
- First layer: Tortellini, 1 C chopped spinach, ½ of the sausage. Drizzle alfredo sauce over top. Sprinkle with cracked pepper.Repeat layers the layers. Finish with a 3rd layer of tortellini. Cover with a thin layer of sauce. Top with cheese and more cracked black pepper.
- Bake 30-35 minutes until edges are browned and bubbling.
- Let the casserole rest for 5 minutes, then serve immediately.