In our household, we can always use some extra greens in our diet, and this Cheese Tortellini and Vegetable Casserole helps us achieve exactly that without having to skimp on taste. 

I know the ingredient list appears long, but don't let that scare you away from making today's recipe for two.  I promise this casserole dish is still easy to make and worth every ingredient.

Cheese Tortellini and Vegetable Casserole
Total Time: 60 minutes
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes

What you'll need
9-ounce package refrigerated cheese filled tortellini (I used whole wheat)
3 ounces regular cream cheese or light cream cheese, cubed and softened
1/2 cup carrot matchsticks 
1/2 cup broccoli florets 
1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1/4 sweet or white onion, diced 
1/2 small red or green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup milk
grated Parmesan cheese

1. Cook tortellini according to package directions, adding the broccoli florets during the last 2 minutes of cooking; drain.
2. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onion and bell pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.  Remove from skillet.
3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine chicken broth, oregano, flour, garlic salt, and pepper.  Mix well. 
4. Add the chicken stock mixture to the skillet along with milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
5. Add cream cheese. Cook and stir until cream cheese is smooth. Remove from heat. 
6. Add pasta mixture, mushrooms, carrots, onion, bell peppers and tomatoes to the skillet. Toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased small baking dish.
7. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Stir mixture and garnish with Parmesan cheese. 
8. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 

02/19/2012 08:34

Your second step calls for onion... but I don't see it listed anywhere in the ingredients. How much did you use? This looks great!

02/19/2012 08:47

Uh-oh -- you're right! Thanks for bringing that error to my attention. I just updated the recipe, so onion is now listed. I used about 1/4 of a sweet onion. This casserole was delicious! Nice and comforting, especially on a cold night. Enjoy!

10/26/2012 11:37

When do you add the carrot matchsticks??

10/26/2012 11:49

and the broccoli? lol

10/26/2012 15:02

Hi Sarah, you add the broccoli when the totellin is cooking, during the last 2 minutes. You can add the carrots when you add the green pepper, onion and tomato to the skillet

02/12/2014 18:07

This was super tasty!

You lead me through making my very first roux and I didn't even realize it until I was ready to toss everything in the baking dish! =P


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