Monday, March 19, 2012

Cheesy Italian Tortellini

  • Ingredients listed are how our family made this.  Original recipe can be found at

  • Ingredients

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 package of Johnsonville's Sweet Italian Sausage (casings removed)
  • 2 (16 oz) jars of marinara sauce
  • 1 package of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (9oz) packages of refrigerated or fresh cheese tortellini
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • Directions
  1. Crumble ground beef and Italian Sausage into a large skillet.  Cook over medium-high heat until browned.  Drain.
  2. Combine ground meats, marinara sauce, mushrooms, and tomatoes in a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on LOW heat for 7 to 8 hours.
  3. Stir in tortellini and sprinkle mozzarella and cheddar cheese over the top.  Cover and cook for an additional 15 minutes on LOW or until tortellini is tender.

**This meal was prepared for my clan of 6 (Eli doesn't eat solids yet), with the intent of having leftovers.  For a smaller portion, cut all ingredients in half.

**For a make ahead, prepare all ingredients for sauce mixture and vacuum seal in a bag.  Toss in slow cooker on the day of.

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