One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (2024)

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One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and MeatballsRecipe is an easy weeknight meal that your family will love! Cheesy, saucy, and made with just a few ingredients!

One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (1)
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Why You'll Love This Dish

We have a busy week ahead and I am back to my one-pot dinners. They are crazy easy and always a hit. If you haven't jumped on the one-pot dinners wagon yet - do it now! You will love the convenience of cooking everything together and all of the options that you have with this type of recipe. It is so easy!

All you need to do is brown the meat with sauteed onions and garlic, then add pasta and liquids, and seasoning. That's it! Let it all simmer until the pasta is done and meat cooked through and it's ready for the table. Oh, and may I suggest that our Cheesy Garlic Bread is just a PERFECT side with this dish? 🙂

Ingredients:

  • frozen Italian meatballs
  • cheese-filled tortellini
  • crushed tomatoes
  • chicken stock
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • seasoning: dried oregano, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper
  • garlic, onion
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What to do with a bag of frozen meatballs?

I had half of a bag of frozen Italian meatballs left over and I knew I wanted to make another recipe with them to share here on the blog. It also just happened that I had a package of cheese tortellini (my kids love them!) and it just sounded like a great dish already. Initially, I was going to cook the pasta then add thawed meatballs and sauce to a casserole dish and bake it all in the oven. But then I wondered if it will work the one-pot style - cooked together in one skillet. It did! And it came out perfectly sauce, cheesy and so so delicious!

Can I make this recipe and freeze it?

Yes! This cheesy casserole is perfect to make ahead. Assemble in a freezer-safe dish and place in freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw out in the fridge and then bake as directed in the recipe below.

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Variations:

  • you can use penne or farfalle (bow tie) pasta in this dish as well as spaghetti or fettuccine.
  • I used store-bought fully cooked meatballs but by any means, feel free to use homemade meatballs.
  • You can use spaghetti sauce but I like to use crushed tomatoes and my own mix of seasoning.

If you know you have a busy week ahead or suddenly things get crazy but you know, people need to eat, OR you have a friend that just had a baby or is recovering after a sickness - make this for them and they will love you forever!

More One-Pot Recipes:

  • One Pot Cheesy Sausage Penne Recipe
  • Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce
  • One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini
  • Homemade Hamburger Helper

If you like this recipe and make it, let me know in the comments below! Don't forget to rate it if you enjoyed it!

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One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs

Author: Anna

Easy weeknight meal that your family will love! Cheesy, saucy and made with just a few ingredients!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 18 minutes mins

Total Time 28 minutes mins

Course Main Dish

Cuisine Italian

Servings 4 people

Calories 903 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 8 oz cheese tortellini
  • 35 meatballs (if frozen thawed completely; I used fully cooked, Italian style)
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup water or chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan

Instructions

  • Melt butter with olive oil in a large saucepan or skillet.

  • Add onions and garlic and sautee for about 3 minutes, stirring often.

  • Add meatballs and brown on all sides.

  • Add tortellini, crushed tomatoes, water, oregano and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes OR until tortellini is cooked.

  • Stir in ½ cup of mozzarella cheese.

  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Cover skillet and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

  • Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  • You need to thaw the meatballs before using them in the recipe.
  • You can use spaghetti sauce in place of crushed tomatoes.

Nutrition

Calories: 903kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 1228mg | Potassium: 1039mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 21.3mg | Calcium: 676mg | Iron: 5.9mg

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  1. Tricia says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (13)
    Okay, hear me out! First time I made this I had left over curds from poutine in the fridge so I threw those on top instead of mozzarella. And after letting them melt a bit, I put it under the broiler in the oven. This takes this whole meal up a notch!!! Now when we have poutine, I always get extra curds and this meal is on the menu a day or two later!!!!

    Reply

    • Anna says

      Well, that sounds absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing, Tricia!

      Reply

  2. Cyndi says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (14)
    Those meatballs look so cheesy and yummy! This is one delicious looking dinner. Needs to go on my menu asap!

    Reply

  3. Michelle says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (15)
    You had me at that picture. What a great comfort dinner. I am a sucker for pasta and marinara sauce.

    Reply

  4. Cookin Canuck says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (16)
    Now that is some cheesy goodness. And you just can't beat the ease of one-pot meals!

    Reply

  5. Becky Hardin says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (17)
    I can't believe how wonderful this looks and sounds

    Reply

  6. Katerina says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (18)
    Holy Moses that looks aaaamazing!! I truly wish I could poke a fork through my monitor and grab a bite! 😀

    Reply

  7. Medha says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (19)
    These meatballs look so cheesy and delicious and loving that there's EVEN MORE CHEESE In the tortellini. This is comfort food at its best! 🙂

    Reply

  8. Jessica says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (20)
    Tortellini is my weakness! I could totally DEVOUR a plate of this.

    Reply

  9. Bintu says

    One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (21)
    We have a big bag of tortellini in the freezer and ground beef is on sale so this is definitely going on our must make list this week!

    Reply

One Pot Cheesy Tortellini and Meatballs Recipe - Crunchy Creamy Sweet (2024)

FAQs

How many tortellini are in a serving? ›

Boil The Tortellini For Approximately 1 1/2 Minutes Per Pound: The Tortellini Will Begin To Float. Ready To Eat Pasta Need To Reach 135°F. If Storing In A Warmer, Cover The Pan With Plastic Film And Hold Up To 1 Hour. Serving Measure: 1 Level 4 Oz Spoodle Serves 14 Tortellini With Sauce.

Do meatballs soak up sauce? ›

You'll end up with the most tender meatballs because as they simmer they soak up so much of that tomato sauce. You'll also have really flavorful meatballs so make sure you use a good homemade tomato sauce or a quality red sauce from the grocery store.

Is cheese tortellini healthy? ›

Tortellini offers a delicious and nutritious pasta option that can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages. With its moderate protein content, essential minerals, vitamins, and relatively low fat, tortellini presents a well-rounded choice for a balanced meal.

Can I eat tortellini on a diet? ›

Yes, you can eat pasta and still stick to your weight loss goals and lose fat. The main consideration to keep in mind when making food choices while trying to lose weight is to remain in a calorie deficit. Very simply, if your body uses more calories than you consume, then you will lose weight.

How much tortellini for one person? ›

If you decide you want to use a filled pasta such as ravioli or tortellini, using 6 to 7 ounces (or 175 to 200 grams) is your best bet.

Is it better to use milk or water in meatballs? ›

I also love substituting them for crushed saltine crackers like we do for this meatloaf. Milk: Adds moisture and tenderizes the meat, making our meatballs juicy and tender once cooked.

Is it better to bake meatballs or cook them in sauce? ›

There is no right or wrong way; try them all and see what works best for you. Cooking your meatballs in a sauce is a sure-fire way to keep them moist and succulent – one of the reasons why dishes like Spaghetti and Meatballs is a classic family favourite.

Why do you put baking soda in meatballs? ›

This process allows the baking soda to neutralize acid on the surface of the meat, resulting in less toughness and a cooked meat that is juicy on the inside while remaining crispy on the outside. Note: Some cuts of meat may take longer to soak in the baking soda to fully tenderize.

Can diabetics eat tortellini? ›

Diabetics can eat any kind of pasta; however, it is important for people with diabetes to consider the amount and type of carbohydrates found in their pasta to maintain control of their blood sugar.

Is it okay to eat cold tortellini? ›

Can you eat cold tortellini? Yes! Eating tortellini cold is one of my favorite ways to enjoy it. Cold tortellini is refreshing, creamy yet light and pillowy soft that melts in your mouth.

Do you eat tortellini alone? ›

Once your tortellini is cooked, savour by itself, toss with a fresh sauce, or use it in a delicious recipe. If you prefer chicken, shrimp or vegetables, tortellini are perfect for an elevated yet simple meal that the entire family will enjoy.

What is 1 portion of pasta per person? ›

Measuring Pasta

When you cook pasta, 2 ounces (56 g) of dry pasta per person is a good rule of thumb to follow.

How much is a serving of dried tortellini? ›

A serving of pasta is two ounces (56g) of dry pasta.

How many calories are in 10 tortellini? ›

There are 113 calories in 10 pieces of Cheese Filled Tortellini.

How much pasta is 2 servings? ›

If using a food scale, place the pasta in the cup attached to the scale and measure 57 g. If using measuring cups, a single 2 oz. (57 g) serving is 1/2 cup of dried pasta. Two servings = 1 cup; four servings = 2 cups; six servings = 3 cups; eight servings = 4 cups.

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