Friday, November 20, 2009

Easy Tortellini Casserole

Here's a simple casserole...perfect for Sunday lunch or a quick company dinner. It can be served as a meatless dish...or include meat of your choice.

Ingredients:
  • 1 350 gram pkg. Olivieri Cheese Tortellini (or use herb and cheese)
  • 1 each red, green and yellow pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, sliced or chopped
  • 1 jar 700 ml. Classico pasta sauce (spicy red pepper is great)
  • 1 - 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (I like to add a little Parmesan as well)
  • 1 pound farmer sausage, sliced diagonally (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. Stir fry veggies until tender crisp.
  3. Add to cooked, drained pasta...along with pasta sauce.
  4. Stir together and put into casserole dish.
  5. Top with grated cheese.
  6. Cook at 350°F for 30-40...covering until near the end.

*If you are adding sausage, saute and stir in before putting into casserole dish.

Serve with a green salad and enjoy the taste of home-cooked Italian without a whole lot of home-cooking.

*Note ~ The Olivieri pasta is a Canadian product...but use your favorite fresh tortellini. Canadian products are sold by metric measure...metric conversion tables are readily available on-line, although measures aren't too important in this dish.