Tomato and Cheese Baked Belly Buttons (Tortellini)

“I'd like to make this recipe for DD soon. From Longo's Experience Magazine. To make ahead of time prepare casserole up to step 8, cover and refrigerate before baking for up to 1 day. When ready to bake, cover and bake for 30 minutes or until hot throughout.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large pot of boiling water, cook tortellini until tender but still firm (about 8 min).
  2. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, drain tortellini and return to pot.
  3. In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook zucchini, carrot, red pepper, oregano and basil, stirring constantly, for 8 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  4. Pour in pasta sauce and reserved cooking water and bring to a boil.
  5. Pour over tortellini and stir well to combine.
  6. Scrape tortellini mixture into a 10 cup greased casserole dish.
  7. Dollop the ricotta over tortellini by the tablespoon (if using).
  8. Sprinkle with pizza cheese.
  9. Cover and bake in 375F oven for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and tortellini are hot.
  10. Sprinkle with parsley or basil if using.

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