Let’s just state the plain facts. It is nearly impossible for me to take an appealing picture of a casserole-type meal, but please take my word for it: this meal is fantastic.

My cousin Camille (who incidentally was my post-college roommate for a few years and who has always been a fantastic cook) sent me this recipe a few weeks ago.

I finally tried it and based on my husband mumbling “this is so good” through mouthfuls of food, I’d say it was a big hit at our house. My kids love noodles in all their forms and the cheese-filled tortellini was out of the norm (hence the excitement on their part) of our usual spaghetti and macaroni and cheese.

I made this meal a few hours ahead of time and refrigerated it, which made dinnertime a breeze. Thanks, Camille!

What To ServeA steamed veggie (or for something fancier this Creamy Confetti Corn with Bacon)
Divine Breadsticks or a really, great dinner roll like these Fluffy Whole Wheat Rolls
Fresh, seasonal fruit

Chicken Tortellini Bake

Chicken Tortellini Bake


  • 16 ounce package of cheese tortellini (my advice is to use the fresh, not frozen, variety – the kind you find in the refrigerated section of the grocery store b/c they taste better and it cuts down on boiling time since the noodles aren’t completely dry)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups (about 2 chicken breasts) chicken cut up into bite size pieces
  • 3 green onions finely chopped, white and green parts
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) chicken broth
  • 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup sour cream (I used reduced fat with good results)
  • 8 oz (2 cups) shredded Monterey jack cheese (to be honest, any combination of cheeses, like cheddar, mozzarella or monterey jack would be good)


  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook tortellini for 2-3 minutes (this is if you use the “fresh” tortellini from the refrigerated section – and to be completely honest, next time I’m going to try not boiling it at all and letting it cook while it bakes in the oven). Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Brown the chicken for 1-2 minutes and add the fresh mushrooms and green onions, cooking until chicken is done and mushrooms are golden brown. Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth and stir until thickened. Mix in sour cream until mixture is creamy and slightly thickened.
  3. Spray a 9X13 pan with cooking spray. Pour tortellini in bottom of 9X13 pan. Sprinkle half the cheese over tortellini. Put cooked chicken/sauce mixture on top and sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
  4. Bake covered with tin foil at 350 for 30 minutes, uncover and bake for additional 15 minutes until bubbly and golden brown around the edges.

Recipe Source: adapted from Camille

76 Responses to Chicken Tortellini Bake

  1. Linda says:

    I was short on time, so added everything to the chicken in a covered skillet for 15 minutes. I was told to make it often. thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Bri H. says:

    Made this for dinner last night and it was a crowd pleaser! The only thing I changed was that I marinated the chicken breasts in Italian dressing overnight– really helps give the chicken a tender and flavorful taste

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh my goodness! This was SO good! Even my little ones loved it! I added cooked broccoli for the win. I used the cheese tortellini from Trader Joes. 🙂

  4. Kath says:

    This is so delicious. I too added bacon and garlic. Also reheats nicely the next day for lunch.

  5. Danielle says:

    I made this last night and it was so yummy!!! I had everything on hand except the scallions so I sent the hubby out for those! It was super easy and came together quickly. I used a mixture of shredded monterey jack and cheddar. I used frozen tri-color tortellini which I boiled for about a minute or two. My bag was only 14 oz. and when I put it in the casserole dish, it didn’t look like enough so I threw another bag in the dish frozen. It came out great and I won’t even boil the pasta next time! My whole family loved it and it kind of tasted like tortellini and chicken macaroni and cheese!

  6. Rayna says:

    Mel, did you ever try making it without boiling the tortellini first? I think I’m putting this on the menu for the week. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Hi Rayna – I have to confess that it has been years since I’ve made this recipe, but no, I never made it without boiling the tortellini first. Worth a try, though!

  7. Gwen says:

    Made this tonight, and I think it is our new favorite Mel recipe! I served peas with it, and I think next time I will try throwing some frozen peas and possibly frozen carrots right in with it in hopes of improving the visual appeal a little bit. I want it to look as good as it tastes!

  8. Michelle M says:

    Delish! Used frozen pasta w/an extra cup of broth poured over. I added baon as well as and spinach. Did not use mushrooms. Also, I had no sour cream, so…I used 1 Tbls of butter and 1/4 cup of milk instead. Turned out just fine. Though I am curious what it tastes like with the sour cream, so next time.

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  10. Kathleen says:

    I made this tonight and it was awesome! Thanks for all the great recipes! 🙂

  11. Oh my this sounds wonderful. I love cheese, tortellini, baked dishes and definitely all of them together. 🙂

  12. ChrissieK says:

    this is a family staple and favorite!! i’ve really been enjoying adding broccoli or spinach or green peppers as well. YUM. FABULOUS recipe :)!

  13. Kris says:

    I made this last week for the 3rd time and it was delicious as usual! However, it’s just my husband and I so we always have WAY too much left over, so I divided it into 2 different casserole dishes before putting one in the oven. I froze the other one, thawed it in the refrigerator yesterday, and we had it last night for dinner! It was great and baked nicely with the exception of the tortellini being a bit softer than I like. Next time I will do the same thing, only I won’t cook the tortellini at all before I bake it. If it is anything like the day ahead lasagna I make, the pasta should get soft in the refrigerator and be just right when I pull it out of the oven 🙂

  14. Angela says:

    Good recipe! It was like chicken tetrazzini made with tortellini. I added a little garlic powder and cayenne. Tasty comfort food for a cold night. Thanks Mel!

  15. julia says:

    I baked this tonight without cooking the tortellini. It’s wonderful – and would do this again. I just might add a little extra chicken broth like someone suggested above! Gotta’ go…I’m up for seconds! 🙂

  16. Monica says:

    I made this last night for dinner with a few alterations. My husbend is worse than most kids when it comes to being a picky eater. I left out the onions and mushrooms and exchanged them for 2 cups of fresh brocalli crowns. It was still very very very good. I think I will make the original version for myself on a later date just to see if it tastes as good as it looks in the pictures. And yes, it does look good.

  17. Olga S. Pettis says:

    Followed to this blog from eighteen 25 and so glad I did! This one was my first recipe to try and it was PERFECT!!! Have a full list of others to try. Thanks for sharing–I’m your new fan 😉

  18. Lacy says:

    Making this again tonight. Probably one of my favorites on the site:)

  19. I did! Here’s the link:


    Off to go make more of your recipes – i’m on such a roll with yours and haven’t found ONE that I won’t make again (and again and again!)!

  20. I made this tonight (with just a few minor changes!) I DID try your tip about just putting the tortellini in the bottom without the boiling part – it worked like a charm! GREAT recipe – i’ll be posting it this week and will of course link to you. I have lots of yours on my line up this week!

  21. juliann says:

    I was inspired by your recipe and created a version of my own—-I hope I did you proud http://juliannseasyeats.blogspot.com/2010/05/chicken-divan-tortellini-bake.html
    As I mentioned before I dont do fungus so I was inspired by the broccoli and the cheese. Thank you for another great recipe!!!! You are making dinner SO easy for me these days

  22. LadyJayPee says:

    I made this comfort food for our dinner last night and it was delish. I added a little S&P & some chardonnay. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Mel says:

      LadyJayPee – thanks for checking back in to let me know you liked this dish! You are right, it is definitely comfort food at it’s finest.

  23. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – I’m so sorry for the delay in responding to your comment. I’ve been out of town without access to email and just returned last night. As for this dish, I would be hesitant to freeze it but since I haven’t tried it, I don’t know for sure. Also, the leftovers are great reheated at 50% power in the microwave. I hope you liked it!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Oh, and I forgot to ask, are the leftovers OK?

  25. Anonymous says:

    Hi Melanie, I’m going to make this tomorrow! It probably wouldn’t freeze well b/c of the sour cream right?


  26. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – thanks for your comment, it was so nice!! I’m so glad this meal worked out for your family. Thanks so much for letting me know.

  27. Anonymous says:

    This was a hit with my family! I love your dinners! I don’t know how many nights your blog has saved my dinner dilema. Thanks for all of the great recipes.

  28. Melanie says:

    Kellie – glad you’ve liked this tortellini casserole and the lemon chicken – two of my favorites! Thanks for letting me know!

  29. Kellie says:

    I made this for dinner last week and am making it again tonight..it was a hit! I also made your lemon chicken last week and I will definitely be making it again soon, it was the best I have ever made! Thanks!

  30. Melanie says:

    Anonymous – Thanks for your comment! I don’t have a cookbook to buy but thanks for the suggestion. My brother is trying to convince me to put one together, too. I’ll let you know if it happens!

  31. Anonymous says:

    I forgot to mention in my above post, you should definitely consider putting together a recipe book. I would SO buy one! Or do you have those for sale already?

  32. Anonymous says:

    I stumbled across this recipe while searching for a dish my date and I could make at home. This was perfect!!! Thank you for posting. It’s a keeper 🙂

  33. Melanie says:

    Julia – thanks for the comment. I’m so glad this was a hit for you and your family!

  34. Julia says:

    I wanted to let you know that I made this recipe tonight and it was awesome! My 2 and 4 year old loved it, too! I used frozen chicken fajita meat, so that gave it a good flavor, too.

    I was reading through some comments before I posted this and realized you had posted this recipe back in May- can’t believe it took me this long to make it! It’s going to be in the rotation I’m trying to get together.

    Thanks for sharing all your recipes! I really appreciate it!

  35. Valerie says:

    This looked so yummy I had to try it tonight. I am not a fan of the “soggy noodle” so I did not boil the tortellini. But I was in such a hurry I neglected to add some extra liquid to the sauce. It was a little dry & crunchy. Still very good & my family said it was a keeper. Next time I’ll just be sure to add that extra liquid, or boil the tortellini for just a minute to make them moist. I will certainly be adding this to my rotation…great to take to others as well!

    I also made the Chocolate Chip Cake & my family is gobbling it up as we speak! LOVE it!

    I adore your site!

  36. Leslie says:

    nope, its not you,casseroles are impossible to photograph! But they still sound yummy

  37. Melanie says:

    Tiffany – glad you liked this! You are so ambitious to be cooking and freezing meals while in college. I am very impressed!

  38. Melanie says:

    Valerie – thanks for the comment! And for the tips on making the tortellini bake without pre-boiling the noodles. I’m glad you also liked the chocolate chip cake. It means so much that people try the recipes on here – so thanks!

  39. Melanie says:

    Becky (and David) – thanks for commenting and letting me know you liked the waffles and banana bread! It made my day. Thank you!

  40. Becca Hatch says:

    I made this without precooking the noodles (refrigerated variety from Costco that had a 6 minute cook time). I added 1 extra cup of chicken broth when I made the sauce and although it was runny when I poured it over, by the time it baked the noodles and sauce were perfect.

    As far as the mushroom omission- my kids are not fans, so I split my casserole into a bigger pan, and a little pan, and just ran a little sauce for the “Kids pan” through a strainer and poured the remainder on the larger casserole. The mushrooms gave a nice flavor, so I don’t know that you’d want to leave them out altogether.

  41. lacyboo says:

    we had this last night and oh my goodness. the green onions and cheese with the chicken makes it taste like chicken bakes from costco! lol…sooo good. all my family was happy and my 2.5 year old even ate alllll of his:)

  42. Michelle says:

    These look like something my son would eat up!

  43. Delectable Dining says:

    This looks great– wonderful comfort food!

  44. Kathy says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to try this!!!! yummm….

  45. Lynda says:

    Looks so good! I’m always looking for quick and easy meals for myself and my daughter-in-law. We’ll have to try this!

  46. Jenn says:

    I made this tonight for dinner. Instead of cheese tortellini, I made it with Buittoni’s Chicken and Procuitto. It was pretty tasty. I also didn’t cook the noodles, but should have because of the dehydrated meat factor (it was still good, but just a little texturally off). Now, reading through the comments, I see that I forgot the onions which would have made a tasty addition. Oh, and I added bacon. This recipe, to me, kind of screamed for bacon.

    Didn’t mean to completely change the recipe, but I think it was really good bones and allowed for additions and absent-minded deletions. Thanks!

  47. Tiffany says:

    This was a fantastic recipe! and super easy too! I am going to try freezing disposable pans of it without the mushrooms so then all I need to do for a quick dinner is saute mushrooms and put them on top after baking! I hope it works! However, before that happens I will be making it for company this Sunday! I love your recipes! Oh, feel free to link over any time 🙂 It might bring back some great memories from BYU!!!

  48. Elyse says:

    Ooo, this looks delicious. I love any dinner dish that has the word “bake” in it. I know that “bake” connotes cheesy, crispy goodness. Awesome! Sorry I’ve been absent for the past week; I had a friend in town and couldn’t do much blogging!

  49. Melanie says:

    Jenn – I love that you changed up the recipe and thanks for letting me know about the alterations. Love the bacon – can’t go wrong with that.

  50. Queen B. says:

    Hello everyone! It’s ME, Queen B, aka: My Kitchen Cafe’s NUMBER ONE FAN. Really. I get to be the “President of the Fan Club” lady…
    Made this on Sunday Night…. F A N T A S T I C !
    It will be the ‘casserole’ I MAKE when someone is in need. Pefect and comforting. Imagine delivering that to the home of someone who just had a baby, etc….
    Love it. Shared the recipe with my Mom.
    Thanks Melanie.
    Looking forward to the toffee thing !!

  51. Chelsea and Cody says:

    Yummy! I can’t wait to make this…question…Cody HATES mushrooms…do you think it would totally ruin the dish if I omit them?

  52. teresa says:

    Oh man, that does look good!

  53. MaRiN says:

    This sounds delicious! I’m adding this to next weeks menu. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Evelyn says:

    Another yummy recipe!! I used frozen tortellini and cooked them for a few minutes less than I normally would. It turned out just fine.

  55. My Sister's Kitchen says:

    Yum. Sounds like a perfect Sunday dinner. I love things I can make ahead and then bake when I’m ready.

  56. Zoe says:

    I just made a similar pasta bake with rotini. I love the tortellini route!

  57. Patsyk says:

    I know what you mean about getting a good picture of a casserole (or soup for me!). Compliments from the family are the true test as to how great a dish tastes! You certainly scored well with this one!

  58. PheMom says:

    I have to agree, it looks perfectly appealing to me too! There is something wonderful and homey about casseroles, I think.

  59. sbodier_1 says:

    Mmmm…that looks good. I’m going to try that out tonight! Thanks!

  60. Bunny says:

    I have to try this , anything that gets a thumbs up from a husband and kids has to be good!!

  61. Melanie says:

    Evelyn – thanks for checking in to let me know that this recipe worked great with frozen pasta. I’m glad you liked it!

    swell news – another testimonial that frozen tortellini works great in this dish. Thanks for letting me know!

    Anonymous – I was waiting to hear if someone made this without cooking the pasta first. Thanks for trying it out and letting me know it worked (with the addition of water)!

  62. Melanie says:

    lacyboo – ok, great success if your toddler is eating well. That makes me happy for you! Glad this dish was a hit, thanks for letting me know!

  63. BECKY and DAVID says:

    I tried two of your recipe’s yesterday and OH MY GOODNESS!! We had the waffles with cheese- best waffle’s ever! My husband and I decided that this recipe is “the one” after trying a ton of different waffle recipes. The cheese made them that much better!! We will always make them with the cheese now! I also made the banana bread with buttermilk (from your aunt)- it was so yummy. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! Thanks for sharing- you have great taste…

  64. Lydia Stewart says:

    I love tortellini recipes! This looks amazing- I’ll have to give it a try!

  65. swell news says:

    Made this last night with frozen pasta, delicious. Another pan in the freezer, ready to go.

  66. jaesi says:

    that looks so fa-lippin good. ugly casserole pic and all! 😉

    must make.

  67. rickandangie says:

    This looks like another one that I need to try sometime very soon!!

  68. Jan says:

    I agree with the pp It DOES sound like the perfect Sunday dinner – but I couldn’t wait to make it because it sounded SO good! I made it tonight and it was fantastic! I love tortellini anyway, but when you bake it and add melted cheese? There are hardly words for that. YUM! 5 stars!

  69. Megan says:

    We loved this – a definite keeper! Perfect for the freezing weather we are having in Australia at the moment. Lots of cheesy, gooey, creamy goodness!

  70. Jen says:

    Well it does look appealing to me..Thanks for the recipe Melanie =)

  71. [email protected] says:

    chiken one of my fav.. recipe look fabulous.. m sure gonna try this out.. m sure my husband gonna love thiss

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