Budget Friendly Meals - Mozzarella Baked Tortellini

To help our students through the Cost of Living crisis, we've put together some budget-friendly recipes, each providing 4 servings of warm food while costing less than £12

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This is a quick and easy vegetarian-friendly recipe full of comforting carbs to keep your energy levels topped up when running between lecture halls.

Mozzarella Baked Tortellini


  • 2 x 300g packs of Cheese and Tomato Tortellini - £2
  • 1L Tesco pure Vegetable Oil - £1.85
  • Loose Onion - £0.12
  • Redmere Farms Garlic 4 pack - £0.95
  • Growers Harvest Tomato Passata 500g - £0.45
  • 2 x 250g Tesco Baby Spinach - £1.15
  • 30g Tesco Cut Basil - £0.52
  • 340g Tesco Sliced Black Olives in Brine - £1.10
  • 210g Creamfields Mozzarella - £0.69
  • Tesco Sweet and Crunchy Salad - £0.83

Total - £11.17


  1. Preheat the grill of the oven to approx 220°c
  2.  Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the tortellini and cook for 3 mins, then drain and set aside. They will be slightly undercooked but will continue to cook under the grill
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large, lidded frying pan. Add the onion and fry for 5 mins until starting to soften, then add the garlic and cook for 1 min. Add the passata, cover the pan with a lid, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 mins. Stir through the spinach and cook for another 1-2 mins until wilted. Stir through most of the basil and add the tortellini and olives to the sauce. Remove the pan from the heat
  4. Pour the tortellini mixture into a baking dish and scatter with the torn mozzarella. Place under the grill for 3-5 mins until golden and bubbling. Scatter over the remaining basil
  5. Serve the tortellini bake with the salad on the side

You can get all of these ingredients from Tesco for £11.17

(prices are correct at the time of writing)



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