Saturday, May 16, 2009

Baked Sausage and Tortellini




Well I just said goodbye to my family and I'm a bit sad, so I thought saying hello to my food friends might cheer me up! A huge Internet hug to all of you for such sweet well wishes with my family, we had such a wonderful time and ate SO much incredible food, which I will share with you in the near future. I'm going to do my very best in the next few days to catch up with your blogs, because I know I don't want to miss anything!

This baked tortellini was another invention of necessity after realizing that my grocery supply was down. However, I did have my bottomless bag of tortellini from Costco and a Hillshire Farms sausage (just for you Donna!). This dish was absolutely delicious and disappeared fast, I was actually sad to discover that my husband had gotten to the leftovers before I had. Initially I didn't plan to bake it because we were starving and didn't want to wait. But I'm really glad I did, it gave the tortellini time to soak up that much more flavor and you got a nice melty bubbly layer of cheese on top. I can't wait to make this dish again, it's so easy, and fantastic with some crusty bread and a green salad.

Please keep in mind that all measurements are complete guesstimates as I don't measure when I cook, so trust yourself and do what tastes good!

Baked Sausage and Tortellini

Ingredients

1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 kielbasa sausage, cubed into 1 inch cubes (I used a turkey kielbasa)
3 cups cooked cheese tortellini
1 jar favorite pasta marinara or spaghetti sauce
Italian seasonings
fennel seeds
garlic salt
1-2 cups mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan

Directions

Heat olive oil in large skillet. Saute onions and garlic until soft. Add sausage and cook for 1-2 minutes until sausage is browned. Add sauce, pasta and seasonings to desired taste. Mix until combined and cooked through.

Spoon into a sprayed 8x8 baking pan. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and then layer mozzarella evenly on top of pasta. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown.

22 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

I haven't thought to bake tortellini. Great idea! All that wonderful melty cheese!

Melissa said...

It looks delicious! I am a huge pasta fan, so this sounds great!!

Reeni♥ said...

I'm glad you had a great time!! This looks so yummy!! What a great idea to bake it!

Jenn said...

Look at that cheesy goodness!!!! Pasta makes the world go round, I tell ya!!

Donna-FFW said...

SO glad you had a wonderful time and its so nice to have you back. You were missed. I love that when you buy sausage you think of me. I must have done something right.

Your creation looks delicious. Cheesy, sauce, sausage, pasta.. cant get better.

Chow and Chatter said...

looks delish, sausages and pasta match made in heaven

Julie said...

I looks all melty and gooey and yummy!

the ungourmet said...

This looks so good!

I love kielbasa! I also really love the Foster Farms Turkey Italian Sausages. Have your tried those?

Glad to hear you had a nice time with your family!

teresa said...

Mmmm, I haven't tried those, but I think I must! Thanks for the tip!

Coleen's Recipes said...

Pure comfort food. I'm so glad you had a great visit with your family.

Cristine said...

Yum! I love tortellini and kielbasa. I bet they taste great together!

Katy ~ said...

I REALLY like the idea of baking the tortellini! Well done.

girlichef said...

Holy melty, gooey, cheesey goodness!!!! This is a pan full of comfort, woman. Dish me up a plate :)

Heidi said...

Look at all that yummy, cheesy goodness!

Lissy Gray said...

That looks awesome! Love pasta dishes!

Kathy said...

Looks great!!! Glad you had a great time w/ your family!!! I hate it when company leaves!!! :( Hang in there! Get back to bloggin' and you'll be back to normal in no time!!!

MaryBeth said...

Give me some garlic bread with a big plate of this and I would be good to go!!!

Kristen said...

I have to laugh at myself, because I get so disheartened when I read titles that have 'sausage' in them because although they look delicious, I can't eat them, so I was very happy to see that you used turkey kielbasa (one of my favorite things) in this one! This looks so homey, I love baked pasta!

burpandslurp said...

goodbyes are always hard! but what a way to comfort yourself with the baked tortellini! looks darn tasty!

Elyse said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful time with your family. This looks like a meal that cold cheer anyone up! Yummy!! Sorry that I’ve been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader.

Sara said...

Welcome back! I love baked pasta, this looks like great comfort food.

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