Cheesy Tortellini Spinach Bake

Easy Cheesy Tortellini Bake - simple and delicious too! { lilluna.com }

I think I officially need to add my mom to the Contributors Page. She has helped me out so much with recipes, and even made this next one I’ll be sharing with you today. It has become a weekly tradition to get together and have dinner and dessert. She makes the main dish, and I make the dessert and I always photograph what she’s made. It’s been so fun collaborating and figuring out our Tuesday meal together and it’s something I’m REALLY going to miss when we move out of state next month. In the meantime, I’m going to try and enjoy these last few weeks we have together. :)

Today’s recipe is called Cheesy Tortellini Spinach Bake. It comes from Our Best Bites (love those girls!) It turned out great and was barely modified. I hope you guys know that I really only share the recipes we try out that we consider a success, and this one was just that!

Here is the recipe:

4.0 from 2 reviews
Cheesy Tortellini Spinach Bake
 
Ingredients
  • 1 12 oz. cheese or cheese and spinach tortellini
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 TB flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 cups chopped, fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook as directed on the package.
  3. Cook bacon and cut up. Reserve bacon fat from pan. Add garlic and cook for a minute or two. Add flour to the pan and whisk for a minute. Add milk and mix until smooth. Add salt, pepper, lemon juice and basil and bring to a simmer.
  4. Drain tortellini and add back to the pot. Turn to low heat and add spinach and most of the mozzarella, Parmesan cheeses and bacon. Add sauce and stir until well combined.
  5. Add to an 8x8 or 9x9 dish. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and bacon.
  6. Cover your dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Easy Cheesy Tortellini Bake - simple and delicious too! { lilluna.com }Easy Cheesy Tortellini Bake - simple and delicious too! { lilluna.com }Easy Cheesy Tortellini Bake - simple and delicious too! { lilluna.com }

The combination of the Tortellini, Bacon and cheeses make this so delicious!! Can’t wait to have it again. :)

In case you’re looking for more Tortellini dishes, be sure to check out this soup that is a new family favorite:

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Tortellini Sausage Soup 

And for more great Pasta dishes you’ll love for dinner, check out:

Simple but delicious dinner idea - Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta { lilluna.com }

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

Delicious Chicken and Asparagus Pasta recie on { lilluna.com }

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

For all recipes on the site go HERE.

ENJOY!

Lil' Luna
Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 7 to 6 months) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.
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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 7 to 6 months) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    This looks incredible. I have actually never had tortellini before, I’m going to pin this recipe to try later!

  2. 3

    Super delicious!! I love adding spinach to pasta dishes. It gives it color and great nutition! Can’t wait to try this! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  3. 5

    I’m always taking pictures of my mom’s food too! Glad to hear someone else is doing it also! Looks fab once again :)
    Julie @ Julie’s Eats & Treats recently posted..Speedy Southwestern SaladMy Profile

    • 6

      My mom makes the best stuff, so I’d be silly if I didn’t take pictures!! Glad I’m not the only one. :) Thanks for stopping by, Julie!! XO

  4. 7

    I HATE bacon! Do you think it will effect it much if I don’t cook the bacon (so no bacon grease)?

    • 8

      I really don’t think it will effect it that much at all. Let me know if you try it out without bacon so I can make a note in the recipe for others who don’t want to include it. :)

      • 9

        I love bacon and I didn’t care for it in this dish. I am making it again for my younger daughter when she gets home from Navy training next week without the bacon. I will let you know, but I’m sure it will still be delish!

    • 10

      I don’t like bacon. I use turkey Canadian bacon or turkey ham, and cut it in small pieces.. May need some pan pan spray.

  5. 11

    Thanks for the yummy recipes mom!!
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  6. 13

    I love adding spinach to pasta dishes! This is a perfect quick and easy weeknight meal!
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  7. 14

    I made your recipe today with some tweaks. I added 1 yellow onion, diced. Also, I cubed 1 lb of kielbasa sausage and pan fried it. Didn’t have any basil, parrmesan or lemon. Added extra spinach. I also used 1 bunch of diced fresh green onions to top it. I used 2% milk. My husband absolutely LOVED this dish. I asked him on a scale of 1 to 10, what would he give this dish? He said a 20! He sais this is the best pasta dish I’ve made so far. Oh, I mixed in mozzarella cheese into the sauce as well as topped the casserole with cheese, so it was pretty rich in cheese.

    He scarfed this dish down quickly and got seconds. The dish is a rich,, heavy dish and definitely a remake. Maybe next time I will use a different green like kale or swiss chard. I like your addition of lemon as that probably cuts some of the richness some. I also might try a pesto tortillini instead next time.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe with the world.

  8. 15

    Pinned! Thanks for the awesome recipe 😉
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  9. 16

    I saw this on Facebook and decided to make it for dinner tonight. It is VERY good! My daughter who doesn’t even like tortellini even likes it. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us :-)

  10. 17

    This definitely looks tempting! Will definitely give it a try! :)
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    • 18

      This looks delicious! I will definitely be trying this tonight!

      Only tip that I have is instead of cooking the bacon in the dish (I find that some bacon – depending on the brand, tend to get soft, soggy, and just taste weird – I almost always mix in my bacon at the end and top it off at the end. So just set it to the side until the end!

      That way you still get that heavenly bacon taste.

  11. 20

    I cooked the tortellini-spinach-bake today for me and my family (also a husband and four kids), after I saw this recipe at Pinterest before a few days. And it was easy to make and delicious to eat. I just change the bacon into chicken. Thank you.
    Maren recently posted..damalsMy Profile

    • 21

      Thanks for stopping by, Maren. SO glad you liked it!! I’ve never tried it with chicken before but will have to try that out – sounds like a great substitution. 😉

  12. 22

    I’m making it tonight with chickem meatballs instead of bacon. Can’t wait

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