Last Updated on December 23, 2020 by Ellen Christian
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You are going to love this Italian Scallop Tortellini Bake! Make one of my favorite seafood tortellini recipes for your family today.
Italian Scallop Tortellini Bake
Marty and I don’t go out to eat that often but on special occasions, we want to have a meal that’s a little bit fancier than normal. Our wedding anniversary is coming up soon and I wanted to make something special for us for dinner without completely blowing our budget.
This Italian Scallop Tortellini Bake is similar to a dish we had with shrimp at a local restaurant. I figured if they could make it, there was no reason that I couldn’t.
Should I use fresh or frozen seafood?
I wanted to keep this as easy as possible while still being a special meal. I don’t have time to spend two hours in the kitchen making dinner. So, I started with frozen tortellini and frozen bay scallops.
I checked out the price of the all-natural sea scallops but they were very expensive so I decided to go with bay scallops instead. Either would work in this recipe. It just depends on your budget.
This Italian Scallop Tortellini Bake is a delicious splurge for that special meal; but, it still lets you stay within your budget.
You could easily substitute other types of seafood depending on what you have available. I think it would taste just as good with crab or you could try a shrimp tortellini bake.
You could even turn this into a sausage tortellini skillet by substituting Italian sausage.
What’s the best cheese to use with Italian scallops?
I’ve used a combination of Parmesan and mozzarella. They are my favorite Italian cheeses. But, you could try other types of cheese for a slightly different taste.
What is good to serve with scallops?
Or, you can simply serve a side garden salad if you have fresh vegetables.
Here are a few more ideas of what you can serve.
Best pan to use
I love baking in cast iron. But, if you don’t have cast iron, you can easily use a casserole dish. You can use any pan that’s large enough to hold the whole recipe.
Storing leftover Italian scallop tortellini bake
Just put the leftovers in a container with a tightly fitting lid and place them in the refrigerator. They will stay good for 3 to 5 days.
This dish won’t freeze well. So, it’s best to use your leftovers up quickly.
More seafood recipes
- Easy Baked Salmon by Day by Day in Our World
- Seafood stuffed tomatoes
- Seafood casserole recipe
- Paleo seafood soup
- 1 bag frozen bay scallops
- 2 pkgs frozen cheese tortellini
- 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- parmesan cheese, optional
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Cook the tortellini according to the directions on the package.
- Saute the scallops in olive oil on medium heat until done. Season with salt and pepper.
- Mix the spaghetti sauce and the tortellini in a skillet.
- Add the scallops and then top with mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 242Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 500mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 10g
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