Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

From Every Day Pasta – Gilda DeLaurentiis

Olive oil
2 C marinara sauce
1/3 C mascarpone cheese
¼ C chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 lb purchased cheese tortellini
2 ounces thinly sliced smoked mozzarella
¼ C freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly oil and 8x8x2” baking dish or 4 individual gratin dishes.
Whisk the marinara sauce, mascarpone cheese, parsley, and thyme in a large bowl to blend. Cook the tortellini in a large pot of boiling sated water until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Add the tortellini to the sauce and toss to coat.
Transfer the tortellini mixture to the prepared baking dish or dishes. Top with the smoked mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cover the dish or dishes with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake uncovered until the sauce bubbles and the cheeses on top melt, about 10 minutes longer.

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