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Playing Easy Pasta Dishes: One-Skillet Tortellini Bolognese & Thanksgiving Pasta

Bolognese sauce just got a whole lot easier to make with this One-Skillet Tortellini Bolognese from culinary team member Jeanette Donnarumma.

After you try Jeanette's One-Skillet Tortellini Bolognese, try another one of her easier twists on an Italian classic: Lazy Skillet Lasagna.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cheese tortellini, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped, optional for garnish


Serves: 4-6


Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large, oven-safe or cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to ripple, add in turkey or beef and break it up with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Stir until browned and cooked through, about 5-6 minutes. Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and cook until the veggies begin to brown, about 6-7 minutes. Deglaze the pan with red wine and scrape the bottom of the pan with a spoon. Add chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, and basil, and stir to combine. Bring to a bubble and remove from heat. Add milk and tortellini, and stir, making sure the tortellini are mixed well into the sauce.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and give everything a stir.  Bake for an additional 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped basil.