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Tortellini al Forno being served with stretchy cheese.
Easy Cheesy Tortellini Al Forno Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Olive Garden's Tortellini al Forno recipe made easy, this simple baked tortellini dinner is always a hit with the whole family.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked pasta, tortellini al forno
Servings: 8
Calories: 708 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 pound refrigerated cheese filled tortellini pasta
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1 cup frozen peas thawed
  • 2 cups grated extra-sharp white cheddar
  • 1 cup grated mild provolone
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated asiago
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large pot over medium-low heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add the onions to the pot and cook until softened, approximately 3-4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.
  5. Sprinkle the flour over the onions, stirring to combine. (It will look a little like a paste.) Continue cooking, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until golden brown, about 4 minutes.
  6. Slowly add the milk and cream, whisking constantly to incorporate.
  7. Stir in the nutmeg. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the sauce to a low boil, whisking constantly.
  8. Reduce to a simmer, whisking occasionally, and cook until the sauce sauce is thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 4-5 minutes.
  9. Stir in the salt, pepper, mustard powder and peas.
  10. Add the cheeses (except the parmesan), 1 cup at a time, whisking until each addition is completely melted before adding more. Remove from heat.
  11. Stir tortellini into the sauce and toss to coat.
  12. Transfer tortellini mixture to the prepared baking dish and place on a rimmed baking sheet covered with foil. Sprinkle parmesan evenly over pasta.
  13. Bake until golden and bubbling, approximately 20-25 minutes.
  14. Crumble the bacon and top the pasta with the bacon.
  15. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Tortellini al Forno can be assembled, covered and refrigerated for up to 48 hours before baking.

You can also FREEZE your Tortellini al Forno covered tightly for up to 2 months. To cook your frozen tortellini al forno, unwrap and cover lightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour or until cooked through, bubbling and golden brown. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes to brown the top even more.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Tortellini Al Forno Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 708 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 137mg46%
Sodium 1667mg72%
Potassium 368mg11%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1340IU27%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 863mg86%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.