Baked Tortellini

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Baked Tortellini

Baked Tortellini

Here we bake tortellini in a light cream sauce flavored with nutty fontina and a touch of nutmeg. Make it a meal: Serve with your favorite green salad.

Serves 6

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 45 min.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk, heated
  • 1/2 cup grated fontina cheese, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cheese tortellini, preferably low-fat (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 4 individual gratin dishes or a 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray. Put a pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add hot milk and bring to a simmer, whisking, until smooth and slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup fontina and nutmeg, stirring to melt cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl.

Step 3

Meanwhile, cook tortellini in boiling salted water until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse well. Toss with the cheese sauce.

Step 4

Divide the tortellini among the prepared dishes. Top with remaining 1/4 cup fontina. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over gratins. Bake gratins for until golden and bubbly, 15 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately.