• Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 75 minutes
  • Serves: 8

Cheesy Tortellini with Veggies

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 Ingredients List

  • 1 lb. 96% lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and thinly sliced
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 14.5-oz. cans crushed tomatoes undrained
  • 26 oz. jar Prego spaghetti sauce
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • scant ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 yellow squash chopped
  • 8 oz. mushrooms sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 32 oz. pkg. cheese tortellni UNCOOKED
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, divided use


Pour a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in large skillet.
Add ground beef, onions, carrots and ½ tsp. each of salt and pepper and sauté until beef is browned.
Transfer mixture to a large 6-qt. Dutch oven.
Add chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, basil, oregano, thyme, red pepper flakes, bay leaves and sugar.
Simmer while you chop the veggies.

In skillet add another tablespoon or so of olive oil, add zucchini, yellow squash and bell pepper.
Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.
Sauté for about 5-8 minutes or until veggies soften slightly.
Add squash mixture to large Dutch oven.
Add another tablespoon of olive to skillet and sauté garlic and mushrooms for 5-8 minutes or until mushrooms are lightly browned.
Add mushroom mixture to Dutch oven.
Simmer for 20-30 minutes until flavors mingle well and carrots are fully cooked.
Remove bay leaves.

Stir in cheese tortellini UNCOOKED and 1 ½ cups cheese.
Spray a 9x13” glass baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
Pour tortellini mixture into prepared dish.
Top with remaining 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese.
Cover with foil.
Bake at 350 about 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
Remove foil and return to oven about 5 more minutes or until cheese gets lightly browned, if desired.

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