Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

There are just some days that you don't have time for an elaborate recipe. There are days where you just really don't feel like cooking. (Yes, I have them too.) Some days, you just want to get in the kitchen, whip something together in a flash and be done.

Now if we could only get dishes to magically wash themselves, we'd be golden.

I've debated whether or not to even post this recipe because it's really just throwing things into a bowl, mixing it together, and baking it. However, I realize that we all have lives. We all need dishes that we can put together fast that don't require much thinking.

Cheesy Baked Tortellini
Adapted from Giada

2 cups marinara sauce
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound purchased cheese tortellini (or whatever tortellini flavor you prefer)
2 ounces thinly sliced mozzarella
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil an 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish.

Whisk the sauce, ricotta cheese, red pepper flakes, parsley and basil in a large bowl to blend. Cook the tortellini in a large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Add the tortellini to the sauce and toss to coat. Transfer the tortellini mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top the mixture with the mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for 5 more minutes, or until the sauce bubbles and the cheeses on top melt.

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