Monday, July 30, 2007

Giada's Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Tonight we had cheese, cheese and more cheese. We could live off of cheese. I used Giada's Baked Cheese Tortellini recipe from the Everyday Pasta book. I changed it up just a little.

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

20oz jar of Tomato Basil Sauce

1/2 lb Italian Sausage crumbled and browned

1/3 cup mascarpone cheese (I used 2/3 of the 8oz container)

1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 pound purchased cheese tortellini (I use one 9 ounce package)

2 ounces thinly sliced smoked mozzarella (I just covered to top of the pasta)

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, sausage, mascarpone cheese, parsley and thyme 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 and bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheeses on top melt, about 30 minutes.

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