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Pesto Tortellini Bake

  • 5 Mins

    Prep Time

  • 25 Mins

    Cook Time

  • 4


  • 952


  • 63g


  • 69g


  • 28g




  • 1 Package (20 oz) Cheese-Filled Tortellini
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream, pasteurized
  • ¾ Cup Pesto
  • ¼ Cup Sliced Sun-Dried Tomatoes (not oil-packed), roughly chopped
  • 1 Cup Pasteurized Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3 ½ Cups Fresh Spinach, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Pasteurized Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Basil, washed and minced
  • 2 Tbsp Pine Nuts
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • DDairy:

    Replace the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese with a dairy-free cheese; there is no substitute for the heavy cream; use cheese-free tortellini; replace the pesto with a cheese-free version.

  • GGluten:

    Replace the regular tortellini with a gluten-free version.

  • NNuts:

    Omit the pine nuts.


  • 1.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

  • 2.

    Preheat Oven & Cook Tortellini Preheat the oven to 425°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook tortellini according to package instructions.

  • 3.

    Reserve Water & Drain Pasta Reserve ¼ cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.

  • 4.

    Combine Ingredients Transfer the pot back to the stove and add the pesto and heavy cream. Stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir in the tortellini, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and mozzarella. Add a splash of cooking water and stir together. Add more cooking water if mixture appears dry. Transfer pasta mixture to a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  • 5.

    Top Pasta & Bake In a small bowl combine the Parmesan cheese, basil, pine nuts, salt and pepper. Sprinkle mixture over pasta. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 12 minutes.

  • 6.

    Serve & Store Allow to cool slightly before serving. Refrigerate pasta bake within 2 hours. Pasta will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

  • 7.

    Wash Hands Wash hands with soap and water.

Recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine

Nourishment Notes


Full-fat dairy products, such as cheese, cream, and whole milk, are high in calories. A high-calorie diet may be necessary if unwanted weight-loss is occurring. Full-fat dairy also provides important nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and vitamin D.


Spinach is a nutrient powerhouse. It’s packed with antioxidants to help reduce inflammation. It also contains nutrients and vitamins that may help lower the risk of heart disease.

Fatigue Buster

  • Pesto

    Use jarred or pre-made pesto to reduce preparation time.

  • Basil

    Dried basil can replace fresh to reduce preparation time. 1 Tbsp dried is equivalent to 2 Tbsp fresh.

  • Ask for Assistance

    Ask a friend or family member to help prepare this entrée.

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