Braised Beef & Tortellini with Marsala Wine Sauce Recipe

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I had this same meal at Olive Garden and had to come home and find a similiar recipe- I found a recipe that was close but after making it a few times I have tweaked it and made it my own- adding a lot less of a few things and throwing in a few extra things too! Enjoy : )

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Servings: 6


  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3lbs Beef Short Ribs (I have also used Sirloin- It is cheaper)
  • 1 Large Onion-Chopped
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms (Can use fresh or 2 small cans-depending on how much you like mushrooms)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic-Minced
  • 1 Can (28oz) Diced tomatoes-Undrained
  • 1 Cup Marsala Wine (Find in the cooking wine section)
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme (Have used Oregeno as well)
  • Salt & Pepper To taste
  • 1 Bag Tortellini (Cheese Filled)


  1. Over Medium High Heat, Preheat oil in large deep skillet or pan.
  2. Brown the shortribs & Transfer to a plate when done (Do NOT drain the liquid from the pan)
  3. Saute Chopped onions & Mushrooms in the fat leftover from the Short Ribs (Cook the onions and mushrooms to your desire- I prefer to saute them really good because I don't really like the taste of raw onions- gives the final product a nice caramlize taste as well:)
  4. When you have cooked your onions & Mushrooms to desire-Add in Minced Garlic and cook for about 1 minute, stirring.
  5. Pour in Diced tomatoes, Marsala Wine, Crushed Basil, Thyme, and Short Ribs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bring to Boil, transfer to a casserole dish.
  7. Place in preheated oven (300-350 degrees) for about 2 1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
  8. Cook Cheese filled tortellini accroding to package directions
  9. Serve the Meat Sauce Mixture over the Tortellini (I usually just mix it all together right away!)


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