Today we offer you an amazing recipe for cooking pasta in the oven and at the table. When ground turkey is cooked in a deliciously seasoned tomato sauce with lots of veggies and becomes gooey, cheesy and meaty, all wrapped up in your favorite pasta… This Cooking ground turkey pasta arrived!!
Try this delicious ground turkey recipe for your everyday weeknight dinner and see how everyone does. Cook this pasta and feed the crowd, or reuse it for multiple meals.
They will all ask for it again and again…
Lately we’ve discovered that when ground turkey is cooked properly with lots of seasonings and flavor enhancers, every meal turns out absolutely delicious. Our ground turkey tacos and ground turkey stir-fry are proof of that.
This lean meat does not need to be completely dried out and tasteless. You can create wonderful healthy meals for your family with it.
Check out our collection of ground turkey recipes and get inspired for lots of dinner ideas.
- This ground turkey casserole is made with lean meat, which is a much healthier choice than other ground meats. It has great hidden herbal power from mushrooms and spinach.
- It’s a very hearty and healthy one-pot meal that feeds a big crowd. In a skillet, you have carbohydrates, proteins, and vegetables cooked together. Well-balanced meal from common staple ingredients in the pantry.
- It is comfort food suitable for children and loved by the whole family.
- Fast cooking time and the rest of the work is done by your trusty oven.
- It can be made ahead and freezes great for future meals.
- It’s customizable to any other substitutions you have on hand, which we’ll discuss later in the post.
- Ground turkey – We used 93% lean ground turkey meat. Feel free to use any available.
- Pasta – Today we went with penne pasta. But you can use any batter that holds the meat sauce well. Think rigatoni, shellfish, rotini, fusilli or even big macaroni.
- Vegetables – Onion, mushrooms, spinach.
- Cheese – Mozzarella to get the gooeyness going.
- Tomato sauce – We like tomato sauce for a quicker meat sauce, compared to diced tomatoes.
- Seasonings – Italian seasoning (you can add separate seasonings like oregano, thyme, and basil instead), red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, fresh parsley.
- Garlic – Such a great flavor enhancer for any meat sauce.
- Olive oil
1. Boil the pasta: Over high heat, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook al dente according to package directions, about 9-10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup strained water for later use.
2. Prepare the ground turkey meat sauce: While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat (we used oven-safe cast iron). Sauté the onion and mushrooms for 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and cook for one minute. Add the ground turkey and cook for 6-7 minutes, until no longer raw. Add the tomato sauce with the fresh parsley and cook for 7 to 8 minutes. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Add the reserved pasta water and mix well.
3. Assemble and bake: Add the cooked pasta and a cup of mozzarella cheese, mix well. Spread remaining mozzarella cheese over pasta and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and starting to bubble.
- Cooking pasta al dente (meaning firm and not fully cooked) is important, as it will continue to cook in the oven. This is to avoid soft and overcooked pasta at the end. At the same time REMEMBER to reserve the pasta water to add later to the meat sauce. This will keep your meat sauce tastier and won’t dry out the cooked pasta.
- Use a cast iron skillet for this recipe, so it can go from stovetop to oven. Fewer jars means less cleanup later.
- Use a pasta shape that holds ground turkey meat sauce beautifully in every bite. Think larger doughs with crevices and holes.
- Add plenty of seasonings and cook the ground turkey sauce a little longer to develop all the great flavors.
- You can substitute ground turkey for ground beef, ground chicken, ground pork, or even ground sausage. With this baked pasta recipe, every time it would turn into an awesome meal.
- You can also add pre-cooked meatballs or shredded roast chicken for faster cooking.
- Use kale or Swiss chard instead of spinach. Add other vegetables like broccoli, zucchini, peppers or carrots.
- Play with cheeses. Use cheddar, parmesan, or a mix of both in place of mozzarella.
- Don’t want to heat the oven? No problem. Simply stir in the cheese, cover the pan, and cook until the cheese is melted.
- Looking for a lighter option? Use whole wheat pasta and half the amount of cheese.
- Want to make it creamier? Add a dash of cream to the sauce before adding the pasta.
- For lazy days, use jar marinara sauce to make the ground meat sauce.
Let ground turkey pasta cool to room temperature. You can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Simply reheat it in the microwave, covered, until piping hot. You can also reheat it on a stove by adding a little water.
This ground turkey casserole also freezes well, making it a great meal prep option. I like to break leftovers into individual portions, wrap in cling film, put the wrapped portions in ziploc bags, and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
There you go, now you know what to cook with ground turkey. Buy plenty of this lean ground meat and start cooking one delicious meal after another.
Cook this super cozy and comforting gourmet pasta with your ground turkey and fall in love with this excellent lean meat, just like us.
Try these other great pasta recipes!
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Ground chicken pasta
8 oz penne pasta
2 tablespoons oil
1 small onion, diced
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1.5 lb ground turkey
1/4 cup fresh parsley
28 ounces of tomato sauce
5 ounces of spinach
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
salt to taste
Pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Cook the pasta al dente in salted water according to the instructions on the package. Drain the pasta, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water.
- While the pasta cooks, heat the oil in an ovenproof skillet and sauté the onion and mushrooms for 5-6 minutes. Add garlic, Italian. seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, cook one minute.
- Add the ground turkey and cook, 6 to 7 minutes, until no longer raw.
- Add the tomato sauce with the fresh parsley, cook for 7-8 minutes.
- Add spinach and cook until softened, then stir in reserved pasta water. Add the pasta and a cup of mozzarella cheese, mix well. Spread the remaining mozzarella cheese on top. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted.
- Let stand 10 minutes, then serve.
Amount per serving
calories 410Total fat 24gSaturated fat 7gtrans fat 0gUnsaturated fats 14gCholesterol 104mgSodium 815mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 31g
Nutritional information calculated by Nutritionix.
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