Hey everyone! I just wanted to pop in today and share with you my newest favorite “everyday” kinda dinner recipe. We’ve had this a few times in the last couple of weeks and it always turns out so delicious! It tastes like I’ve been working away in the kitchen all day like some kind of fancy Italian nonna, but it really only takes about 30 minutes to throw together. It’s just one of those dinners you can make that keeps everyone happy and makes your life easier. Little Jack gets especially excited about it. He loves his mom’s cooking! Good boy. 🙂
We’d been getting tired of regular boiled tortellinis with just straight sauce on them and I haven’t found a good crock pot recipe for tortellini that actually works, but this recipe is exactly what I’ve been looking for!
Here’s what you need:
-1 family size pack of tortellinis (frozen or refrigerated)
-1-2 jars of chunky sauce (I used Classico sundried tomato which I don’t usually like except in this recipe!)
-1/2 of a brick of cream cheese
-1.5 tablespoons of onion powder
-1 teaspoon each of oregano and basil
-little bit of pepper, little bit of garlic powder
-“Shaky cheese” (You know, the Parmesan in the can)
So all you do is boil your tortellinis for about 8 minutes and dump them into a big rectangular glass casserole dish. I think they’re usually about 9″x 13″, dump your sauce on top, cut your cream cheese up into 1/4s and dump that in too, and stir it all around to combine. Then add the herbs and spices, stir it a bit more and top it with some shaky cheese. Bake it for about 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven and dinner’s ready! So yummy and so easy.
This recipe would also be so great to bring to a pot luck or something like that. A real crowd-pleaser for sure!
So the next time your whole family is starving, and you’re too busy and tired and frazzled to feel like putting a lot of effort into dinner (which may or may not be almost every night around here), try this one out! It’ll really hit the spot.
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.