Cinco Leches Baked Tortellini

by sara on April 22, 2012

Hey Foodgarblers!  Boy do I have a treat for you.  My future sister-in-law, Nicole, is one of the most top rated chefs I know (there’s thousands) and is going to give me recipes to publish on Foodgarbl!  If everything goes as planned and you kids like them, we’re probably going to write a cookbook and sell millions so Jason and Steve can retire!  The things we do for our men.

Nicole is the type of person that does not mess around.  She has a vision, she creates a plan for that vision and she executes said plan.  Sometimes she has to rely on others to execute and that makes her VERY NERVOUS.  For example, the lantern hanging crisis.  Boise, Idaho.  8am.  Nicole’s Wedding Day.  Sara and Jason show up late to Nicole’s house to get last minute lantern hanging instructions.  We are shown a picture of how it should look.  Sara is distracted by cantaloupe on the counter.  Nicole gives Sara the look.  Sara says sarree.  Jason checks Twitter.  Nicole grabs Jason’s phone.  Nicole gives us a box of lanterns to carry and asks us to repeat back what we just learned.   Jason now spots cantaloupe.  Sara says “hang lanterns like picture.”  Nicole trusts Sara.  Slightly.  Jason and Sara leave and talk about how good cantaloupe was.  Fast forward to the reception.  LANTERNS HUNG LIKE A BOSS!  We did good!  Can we have cake now?

If that’s not a proud lantern hanging teacher, I don’t know what is!

I don’t mean to brag but the lanterns were kind of the hit of the party.

Now that you know Nicole and see how everything she plans turns out awesome, let’s discuss her first Foodgarbl recipe!  I give you:


9 oz. pkg refrigerated cheese tortellini

1/2 lb. ground turkey

1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce

I envelope spaghetti seasoning mix

1/2 stick salted butter

1 C heavy whipping cream

1/2 C shredded parmesan

1 C shredded mozzarella

In skillet, brown turkey and drain fat. FYI, Nicole’s recipe called for 90% lean ground beef but we had turkey so we substituted – turned out great and lower in fat!).  Add tomato sauce and seasoning. Cook on low heat.


Meanwhile, melt butter in another skillet over low heat.

When completely melted, add cream. Cook 1-2 mins.

Remove from heat and stir in parmesan. Stir into tomato sauce and continue cooking on low.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to directions.

Drain well and put in 9×9 greased baking dish.  Add sauce and mix well.

Sprinkle with mozzarella. 

Put in preheated oven at 375 degrees and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbly.

Serves 4. Or Jason, you choose.

I don’t care if you are lactose intolerant or if eating tortellini is against your religion, you must make this immediately.  I didn’t even know spaghetti seasoning existed and now I want to put it on my cereal it’s so good.  I recommend this for any occasion, any night of the week and any meal.  I just don’t recommend having ice cream afterwards.  ENJOY!

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Ice April 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Those are the coolest lanterns I’ve seen ever! Best hung by Asian ppl. TWSS. Racist. Nice recipe, not tres or quattro but CINCO LECHES?!?! I want dessert now!


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