Cheesy Tortellini Spinach Bake

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!

This Cheesy Tortellini Spinach Bake is a great side dish for any meal! Recipe on { lilluna.com }

Here is the recipe:

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
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 cups chopped, fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 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!
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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:

Tortellini Sausage Soup - oh my, this was good!! #soup { lilluna.com }

Tortellini Sausage Soup 

ENJOY!

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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 :)
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    • 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 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. 10

    Thanks for the yummy recipes mom!!
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  6. 12

    I love adding spinach to pasta dishes! This is a perfect quick and easy weeknight meal!
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  7. 13

    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. 14

    Pinned! Thanks for the awesome recipe ;)
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