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Cheese Tortellini

Cheese Tortellini with Meat Sauce


Cheese Tortellini with Meat Sauce

For whatever reason, there are recipes that I’ve made for years that I just haven’t shared. I really have no excuse at all. This one is something I’ve made for a very long time, and I have made it many different ways.

I could make this with my eyes closed.

This is refrigerated tortellini, my meat sauce and a shit ton of cheese. There are certain things that make my sauce a bit better than most; one of those being balsamic vinegar. Don’t be afraid of it. Don’t skip the wine, either.

It gives your sauce depth, and depth is good.

 


*Before I get into this; keep in mind that there’s a shortcut version in the recipe box.

As far as time; I put an hour or more in the instructions because you could simmer it for 30 minutes and it be ok, but the longer – the better. I usually have mine simmering for about 4 hours. 

When people in your household start asking you when it’s going to be ready and asking why it’s taking so long (∗ahem∗…like my ex-husband used to do me), tell them to calm the fuck down and go play a video game or something. 

Better yet, tell them to take your car to get washed, remind them that it’s time to get the oil changed, oh – and they need to go to the store and pick up the 3 16 things you forgot when you went earlier. When they argue with you simmer that shit for an hour longer than what you planned. Reach over and crank that timer up right in front of them.

They’ll get the hint.

 


When it comes to cheese, I’m a huge fan of Muenster, and I like to combine that with Mozzarella, and
Provolone would work just as well.

Serve this with crusty bread and good wine, and you’ll be set. And, you’ll have your oil changed.  😇

Here’s your printable-

Yield: 6

Cheese Tortellini with Meat Sauce

Cheese Tortellini

Cheesy filled tortellini covered with a hearty Italian sausage and beef meat sauce, topped with more cheese. Perfect for Sunday dinner.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 20 oz package refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 8 tbsp salted butter, divided in half
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb ground Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dried basil (or a handful of chiffonade basil)
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce, divided
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1/2 cup red wine (I used Shiraz)
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Muenster cheese, shredded

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Boil tortellini according to package directions, drain and set aside.
Melt 4 tbsp. butter over medium heat and add onion and garlic, stirring until fragrant.
Add beef and sausage, combine and brown.
Add remaining butter, tomato paste through pepper, combine and bring to a low boil; reduce heat to low and cover. Stir intermittently, simmer for an hour (or longer!).
Combine pasta and sauce in a large dish, top with cheeses and bake for 30 minutes, until bubbly.

Notes

*For an easier and quicker version, substitute two jars of your favorite pasta sauce for tomato paste through seasoned salt.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1182Total Fat: 68gSaturated Fat: 35gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 238mgSodium: 3892mgCarbohydrates: 80gFiber: 11gSugar: 21gProtein: 65g

The provided nutrition calculated may not always be accurate.

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