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So I was looking for a recipe that would kill two birds with one stone, use up ingredients we already had in the house, and was really easy to make. I found that in Easy Bake Tortellini and Meatballs. We’ve been fighting the flu and hubby was moaning he needed something real to eat. I have to admit when I was making it I fell completely apart because when you have the flu and you feel miserable and there’s no Italian seasoning in the house, life is not worth living. I did manage to pull myself together when I remembered I can make my own Italian seasoning so the world had not ended. I bet you didn’t expect drama in the kitchen did you? 🙂 Anyways, the original recipe is here.
Ingredients (listing what I used not what was called for)
21 frozen Italian meatballs, defrosted
1 pkg., refrigerated tortellini… I weighed them in at just slightly over 20 oz.
1 jar, marinara sauce, used hunts I think? regular sized jar.
1 (14.5 oz.) can, diced tomatoes
1 c. cottage cheese
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp sage
1/2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl mix the following: Meatballs, tortellini, marinara sauce, and tomatoes.
Place them in a 9 x 13″ baking dish.
In a small bowl, stir together the cottage cheese, herbs, and garlic salt. Drop small dollops of the cheese mixture evenly over the top of the pasta. Top the pasta evenly with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Dad: “I like this, I really like this, I like this better than regular lasagna!” later on “I don’t think you understand how much I LIKE THIS” (as he had a second bowl).
Son: “My throat is too sore, can I have some another day?”
Mom: “This is very good, yes, son you can have some another day you will like it”. It’s great as leftovers too!
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