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Italian Sausage Tortellini

I love cheese tortellini, one day I will buy the pasta attachment for my Kitchenaid, but for now I just buy the Buitoni refrigerated tortellini. Technically it is a processed product, which I don’t normally buy, but it is fresh pasta and I feel better about buying this option than the frozen varieties. I normally just boil up the tortellini, make a meat sauce, and call it good. However, I wanted to switch it up a bit, so I tried a bit different of a method.

Ingredients:
– 1 package refrigerated tortellini (your flavor of choice)
– a batch of your favorite marinara sauce, I usually just buy the cans of pasta sauce and then doctor it up to my taste. You can also just buy the jarred sauce too.
– 1 package mild ground Italian sausage, you could also use lean ground beef too.
– 8 ounces shredded mozzarella
– 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
– Italian seasonings, to taste

Directions:
Begin by making your sauce, or heating up the jarred sauce. Add whatever Italian seasonings you like and let it simmer uncovered for at least 10 minutes.
While your sauce is simmering, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the tortellini, about 7-9 minutes. You’ll know the pasta is done when it floats to the top and is tender.
Brown the Italian sausage (or ground beef), and drain off the excess fat. Add the sausage to your pan of sauce, followed by the tender tortellini.
Turn your oven to broil, and choose the “hi” setting, if given the option. Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray, and pour the tortellini, sauce meat mixture into the dish. Sprinkle the top with the cheeses, and place the dish in the oven. Broil for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for a few minutes. Serve with salad, garlic bread, a side of veggies, etc.
Also, this is awesome the next day, I think it’s actually more flavorful. A great leftover dish!
Enjoy!

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