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Hearty Cheese Tortellini

 Hearty Cheese Tortellini
This is an easy, wonderful recipe that is simple enough for an everyday meal but good enough for company. It makes a large amount, so it feeds plenty of people. I serve it with steamed broccoli covered in a cheese sauce and fresh bread.—Christine Eilerts, Tulsa, Oklahoma
6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours


  • 1/2 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • In a small skillet, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until no
  • longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the
  • marinara sauce, tomatoes and mushrooms. Cover and cook on low for
  • 6-7 hours or until heated through.
  • Prepare tortellini according to package directions; stir into meat
  • mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or
  • until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 388 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 63 mg cholesterol, 908 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 24 g protein.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.