Creamy Baked Tortellini With Spinach

This easy pasta bake is ready in 35 minutes.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

When you need an easy, family-friendly dinner stat, try this baked tortellini. It's a comforting weeknight meal that comes together in just 35 minutes. Store-bought fresh or frozen cheese tortellini is the base of this dish. We sneak in a green vegetable (you can use flat-leaf or baby spinach), hiding it in a clever creamy turkey ragu that comes together fast, but tastes like it cooked long and slow—cream cheese and adobo seasoning are our secret ingredients.

Once everything is combined, we sprinkle a crunchy seasoned panko mixture on top before the dish gets a quick turn in the oven.


  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs

  • ½ ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (⅓ cup)

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose adobo seasoning, such as Goya, divided

  • 10 ounces fresh or frozen cheese tortellini

  • Kosher salt

  • 12 ounces ground turkey

  • 2 cups marinara sauce, such as Rao's

  • 2 ounces cream cheese (¼ cup)

  • 1 bunch flat-leaf spinach (5 ounces), tough stems trimmed, or 3 cups baby spinach


creamy baked spinach tortellini

Nico Schinco

  1. Preheat oven and combine panko and Parmesan:

    Preheat oven to 450°F. Stir together panko, Parmigiano, lemon zest, 1 tablespoon oil, and 1 teaspoon adobo.

  2. Cook tortellini:

    Cook tortellini in a large pot of salted boiling water for 2 minutes; drain.

  3. Brown turkey, add sauce, and stir in cream cheese:

    Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Add turkey and remaining 1 teaspoon adobo. Cook, stirring, until meat is browning in spots but not cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir in marinara and bring to a boil, then stir in cream cheese until melted, about 2 minutes.

  4. Add tortellini and spinach:

    Add tortellini and spinach, stirring until it's just wilted.

  5. Add panko mixture and bake:

    Sprinkle with panko mixture and bake until bubbly, about 8 minutes. Serve immediately.

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