Nutty-flavored fontina cheese gives this homey baked tortellini casserole a real taste twist and the cheesy breadcrumb topping makes it all but irresistible. You can easily double this recipe and make one for today and an extra to pop in the freezer for a heat-and-eat meal someday in the future.

G. Franco Romagnoli
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November 1997




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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 6 individual gratin dishes or a 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray. Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.

  • 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 the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Meanwhile, cook tortellini until just tender, 6 to 8 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse well.

  • Combine the tortellini with the cheese sauce and toss. Transfer to the prepared dishes or baking dish. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup fontina. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan and sprinkle evenly over the tortellini.

  • Bake the tortellini until golden and bubbly, 15 to 25 minutes. Serve immediately.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4; cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking.

Equipment: 6 individual gratin dishes or a 1 1/2-quart shallow baking dish

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

366 calories; protein 17.3g 35% DV; carbohydrates 46.3g 15% DV; dietary fiber 1.8g 7% DV; sugars 6.2g; fat 12.4g 19% DV; saturated fat 5.7g 29% DV; cholesterol 48.7mg 16% DV; vitamin a iu 406.4IU 8% DV; vitamin c 0mg; folate 109.2mcg 27% DV; calcium 315.1mg 32% DV; iron 1.5mg 9% DV; magnesium 31.6mg 11% DV; potassium 241.4mg 7% DV; sodium 583.7mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 32% DV.

Reviews (13)

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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing comfort food This was delicious! Will definitely try with the added spinach next time. The consistency was wonderfully creamy the flavor was excellent. The only issue was that with 4 boys this dish didn't quite make enough to have as a main dish. Maybe it would be good as a side dish or for when not everyone will be home. But this is definitely getting added to the recipe box! Pros: Not difficult and very tasty Cons: Didn't make enough to feed my fam of 5 (4 boys) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This tasty dish satisfied our old fashioned baked mac & cheese cravings with a much healthier dish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Defrosted and drained a package of frozen chopped spinach to mix in with the tortellini and sauce. Helped to add some green veg to the meal. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Adding the spinach is a great idea. It was delicious. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Probably won't make again I made this exactly per directions. First it took WAY longer to cook than called for. Second it was dry and bland...completely boring. Everyone in the house voted that if I were to cook it again I would have to completely revamp the recipe. The ground nutmeg gave it a very weird flavor...I didn't mind it so much but my meat-and-potatoes boyfriend called it a weird after-taste. Pros: Filling Cons: Bland dry Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Bland! Another variation on mac and cheese. I used ww tortelini and added spinach to made it a complete meal. I will make it again however I will use a more favorable cheese and add at least a tbsp. of dijon mustard. I'll recommend this recipe with reservations. Pros: Good recipe for Meatless Mondays. Cons: Very bland. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Good but needs a bit more I added peas and grated carrots plus chopped garlic and Parmesan cheese. I also added grilled chicken breasts cut up to provide meat to the meal. My family liked it this way but next time I may try the Gruyer cheese since others seem to think that would be a stronger cheese. Also it isn't easy to find lo-fat items in a small town so my final calorie and fat count was probably higher. Pros: Didn't take too long; could fix ahead refrigerate and then bake; easy to change to a main dish; Cons: Sauce is too bland by itself Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious comfort food... and easy! I loved this recipe! I had to cook it a lot longer and the sauce was a little watery but it eventually thickened up into a nice sauce. My 2 girls loved it as well. Definitely a keeper! Pros: Easy kid's love it few ingredients Cons: Wasn't near as good reheated. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Wasteful I even jazzed this up with more flavorful cheese but it was truly dismal. It went into the garbage. Pros: none Read More