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Cheesy Beef Tortellini

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This filling and easy cheesy beef tortellini, similar to a homemade hamburger helper recipe, has gone wild on social media.

We tested this insanely easy and customizable pasta dish, and it has us raving about one of the most comforting homemade weeknight dinners ever. 

tiktok hamburger helper recipe.

Why you will love combining Beef and Tortellini

Try This Irresistible Beef Tortellini Recipe Today!

Are you tired of eating the same old recipes every day? Imagine perfectly seasoned ground beef wrapped in delicate, pillowy tortellini pasta swimming in a rich, flavorful tomato sauce.

Our recipe is delicious and easy to make, even for beginner cooks. With just a few simple ingredients and some kitchen magic, you’ll quickly have a restaurant-quality meal.


  • ground beef
  • Seasonings – salt and black pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • pasta sauce
  • cream cheese, cubed for easier melting
  • fresh or frozen tortellini pasta
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley

This simple beef tortellini recipe is a ground beef dinner that can be made all lumped together in one pot and tastes incredibly delicious. 

How to make One Pot Beef Tortellini

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Brown the 1 lb. of Ground Beef in a skillet over medium heat. Once fully cooked, drain any excess grease.

Season the cooked beef with Salt, Pepper, and 1 tsp. of Italian Seasoning.

Add the 24 oz. of Pasta Sauce and 8 oz. of cubed Cream Cheese to the skillet. Stir over medium-low heat, making sure to frequently stir so the cream cheese melts evenly and combines well with the sauce, creating a creamy and rich mixture.

tiktok hamburger helper recipe.

Fold in the cooked 19 oz. of Tortellini Pasta to the beef and sauce mixture. Ensure the pasta is well-coated with the sauce for a uniform flavor in every bite.

Sprinkle 2 cups of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese evenly over the top of your dish. This will create a gooey and delicious cheese layer.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese on top is perfectly melted and slightly golden.

Garnish with Chopped Fresh Parsley if desired, adding a fresh touch to your dish.

easy tortellini recipe with loads of cheese.

We saw it in our tiktok stream from creator @mealsandmunchies. 

Check out the entire hamburger tortellini recipe in the video below. 

How do I prevent the tortellini from sticking together?

 To prevent the tortellini from sticking together:

  1. Cook them in a large pot of salted, boiling water.
  2. Stir gently with a wooden spoon or a pasta fork to separate them.
  3. Once cooked, drain immediately and toss with some olive oil to prevent sticking.

Can I add vegetables to the tomato sauce?

Absolutely! Adding vegetables to the tomato sauce is a great way to incorporate more nutrients and flavors.

Before adding the tomato sauce, you can sauté diced onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Simmer everything together for a few minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

What can I serve with beef tortellini?

Beef tortellini pairs well with a variety of side dishes. A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing is always a classic choice.

Parmesan Garlic bread or our favorite TikTok Garlic Bread recipe is perfect for soaking up the delicious tomato sauce. For a heartier meal, you can serve it with parmesan roasted potatoes or an asparagus side dish.

Variations and Substitutes for Beef Tortellini

When it comes to cooking, it’s always fun to experiment and add your personal touch to a recipe.

One popular option is to use ground chicken, turkey, or sausage instead of beef. This lighter alternative still provides a great source of protein and pairs well with the flavors of tortellini.

Replace the beef with a vegetarian option. Some great options include sautéed mushrooms, spinach, and bell peppers. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try seafood tortellini. Shrimp or crab make excellent substitutes for beef.

Whether you stick with the classic beef tortellini or try a different variation, the result will still be a mouthwatering dish.

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Helping Cooking Tips

  • If the dish is too thick for your taste, try adding a bit of pasta water, additional pasta sauce, or even heavy whipping cream to thin it out. 
  • Find yourself without tortellini on hand? Try cooked macaroni noodles, egg noodles, or penne for more of a homemade hamburger helper.
hamburger helper recipe.

Tortellini Recipes

Need more ways to mix up tortellini? Try one of our favorites below!

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Beef Tortellini with Creamy Cheese Sauce

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cheesy Tortellini and ground beef one pot dinner is filling and comforting. this easy viral tortellini dinner recipe is a great replacement for a homemade hamburger helper, using soft and filling tortellini over macaroni pasta.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 24 oz.  pasta sauce
  • 8 oz. cream cheese cubed.
  • 19 oz. tortellini pasta fresh or frozen, cooked.
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Brown the Beef: Place the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until it's no longer pink, breaking it apart with a spatula. Drain any excess grease from the skillet.
  • Season the Beef: Sprinkle the cooked beef with a pinch of salt, black pepper, and 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning. Stir well to evenly distribute the spices.
  • Add Sauce and Cream Cheese: Pour 24 oz. of pasta sauce into the skillet with the beef. Add 8 oz. of cubed cream cheese. Continue to cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the cream cheese is fully melted and the sauce is creamy.
  • Prepare the Tortellini: While the sauce simmers, cook 19 oz. of tortellini pasta according to the package instructions. Once cooked, drain the pasta and set it aside.
    How do I prevent the tortellini from sticking together?
    Cook them in a large pot of salted, boiling water, referring to instructions on timing. Stir gently with a wooden spoon or a pasta fork to separate them. Once cooked, drain immediately and toss with some olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Combine Pasta and Sauce: Add the cooked tortellini to the skillet with the meat and sauce. Gently mix everything together, ensuring the pasta is well coated with the sauce.
  • Add Cheese and Bake: Sprinkle 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the skillet. Place the skillet in the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve: Carefully remove the skillet from the oven. If desired, garnish with chopped fresh parsley for a touch of color and freshness. Serve hot and enjoy your delicious one pan beef tortellini dish!


Protein is totally easy to change up. Try ground chicken, ground sausage, or ground turkey. 
If the dish is too thick for your taste, try adding a bit of pasta water, additional pasta sauce, or even heavy whipping cream to thin it out. 
If you need some ideas for lots of flavors, we suggest garlic powder, kosher salt, fresh basil, and pepper flakes. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 438kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 252mg | Iron: 2mg

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