Monday, October 7, 2013

Easy Chicken Tortellini Bake

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a fun vegetarian blog while cruising through the pins on my Kid-Friendly Dinner Ideas board.  I am not a vegetarian, but I think I could be if I didn't have a carnivore for a husband and 4 growing boys and this one caught my eye because of it's ooey-gooey cheesy goodness!

While the recipe itself was super easy, I felt it was missing something so I added chicken and some peppers to make it something my family would LOVE!  I have to tell you, it was a huge hit with most of my kids (I never count my picky eater's opinion), and the leftovers were even better the next day!  Plus, it's easy enough to make a quick, crowd-pleasing weeknight meal!

Ingredients:
1 bag of frozen cheese filled tortellini (19 or 20 oz)
1 jar of alfredo sauce (15 oz)
1/2 jar of marinara sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 jar roasted red peppers (I used one with garlic gloves, but if you don't I suggest adding garlic)
1-2 cooked chicken breasts (I used the leftovers from a Rotisserie chicken)
1 small onion

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cook the tortellini according to package directions.

Meanwhile, spray a large pan with olive oil and saute the onion.  Add roasted red peppers and chopped chicken and heat through.  This is a great way to use up leftovers in a completely new way without anyone thinking "chicken, again?".  Pour in the alredo and marina sauce and mix through.

Mix sauce and tortellini in 4 quart baking dish. Top with mozzarella and parmesean. Bake for fifteen minutes. Then broil for five minutes to get a nice bubbly and golden topping. Serve immediately.

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