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Cheesy Weeknight Tortellini Skillet

This cheesy tortellini skillet is one of our favorite weeknight meals. Especially good for back-to-school season, this skillet has a quick marinara meat sauce, cheese tortellini, fresh mozzarella and tons of basil. Baked until melty - it's perfect.
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  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 ounces your favorite marinara
  • 12 ounces cheese tortellini, cooked
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn apart
  • parmesan cheese, for topping
  • fresh basil, for topping


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Heat a large (I like a 12 inch) oven-safe skillet over medium heat and brown the ground beef. Season it with a big pinch of salt, pepper and the basil and oregano. If I use beef, I rarely use oil or butter because the fat cooks out. If you use a very lean cut of meat, you can drizzle the pan with olive oil as needed. Break the meat apart until it is in small crumbles and browned.
  • Stir in the marinara sauce and reduce the heat to low. Cook the tortellini for 3 or 4 minutes (according to the package directions) and immediately drain it, then add it to the meat sauce. Gently stir with a spatula to incorporate the tortellini without breaking it.
  • Tear apart the fresh mozzarella and sprinkle it over the beef and tortellini.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden and bubbly and cheese. Sprinkle with parmesan and fresh basil to serve!

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