This Cheesy Tortellini Bake is a lovely dish full of contrasting textures. A mix of tortellini and broccoli is coated in a creamy, smoky cheese sauce, then topped with even more cheese and a crispy topping of panko crumbs. It’s a fabulous play on mac and cheese.
1 pound cheese tortellini, cooked according to package directions
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus additional to taste
2 1/4 cups shredded smoked gouda, divided
2 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
Panko Bread Crumbs (recipe follows)
1 pound ham, cut into small bite sized pieces (I left this out)
8 ounces of broccoli, cooked
1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
2. Melt butter over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. Add in the flour and whisk well. Cook for about 2 minutes, until it reaches a pasty consistency.
3. Slowly add the heavy cream and whisk well. Gradually add milk, whisking continuously to remove any clumps.
4. Reduce the heat to low and slowly add 2 cups of smoked gouda and 2 cups of the sharp cheddar cheese. Stir in cooked ham, if using, and the cooked broccoli.
5. Add tortellini to the cheese sauce mixture and pour into the prepared baking dish.
6. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of gouda and 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese over the casserole. Sprinkle panko bread crumbs over the top.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes. For an extra crispy top you can then broil the casserole for 1-2 minutes until the panko bread crumb topping is golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Panko Bread Crumbs
3 tablespoons melted butter
3/4 cup panko
1. In a small bowl combine melted butter with panko.
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