Rating: 4.29 stars
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

My mother combined these ingredients to make a wonderful and convenient meal. To complete the meal serve with breadsticks and steamed asparagus.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot cook rotini pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain.

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  • Cook ground turkey or beef in medium skillet until brown. Add the diced onion, salt and pepper. Mix in half of the jar of spaghetti sauce.

  • In a large bowl add the browned beef mixture to the drained pasta and stir in the second half of the of spaghetti sauce. Pour mixture into a 2 quart baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • In a preheated 425 degree F (230 degree C) oven bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese and return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

487 calories; protein 23.5g; carbohydrates 55.2g; fat 19.2g; cholesterol 56.4mg; sodium 978.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (43)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2009
I guess it's about time that I rated this recipe since I've been using it for over a year!! I really love this pasta dish. It's easy to put together and it really stretches a pound of pasta when I have a bunch of hungry kids to feed (who are very happy when they find out we are having this). I did change just a couple of things. I omitted the onion because I'm too lazy to cut up an onion for just the few teaspoons called for in the recipe. I also omitted the salt and pepper because I didn't feel it needed it...I guess it depends on the flavor of which ever sauce you use. I lowered the temp of the oven to 350 degrees because it was sort of dry the first time I made it at 425 degrees. After I drain and rinse the pasta I put it back in the pan that I boiled it in, add the sauce and browned hamburg, then mix the whole thing together. I layer the pasta and cheese in an oblong casserole dish in the following way: 1/3 of the pasta mixture, 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella, another 1/3 of the pasta, followed by 1/3 of the cheese, then the last 1/3 of the pasta. I bake it for 20 min and then add the remaining cheese and return it to the oven for 5 minutes. It comes out almost like a "lazy man's" lasagne....YUMMY!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2010
This recipe was good but I felt used more cheese than needed so I tried to keep it healthier by using less. Also added minced garlic to the beef and some italian seasonings as well.... Read More
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55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2009
I guess it's about time that I rated this recipe since I've been using it for over a year!! I really love this pasta dish. It's easy to put together and it really stretches a pound of pasta when I have a bunch of hungry kids to feed (who are very happy when they find out we are having this). I did change just a couple of things. I omitted the onion because I'm too lazy to cut up an onion for just the few teaspoons called for in the recipe. I also omitted the salt and pepper because I didn't feel it needed it...I guess it depends on the flavor of which ever sauce you use. I lowered the temp of the oven to 350 degrees because it was sort of dry the first time I made it at 425 degrees. After I drain and rinse the pasta I put it back in the pan that I boiled it in, add the sauce and browned hamburg, then mix the whole thing together. I layer the pasta and cheese in an oblong casserole dish in the following way: 1/3 of the pasta mixture, 1/3 of the shredded mozzarella, another 1/3 of the pasta, followed by 1/3 of the cheese, then the last 1/3 of the pasta. I bake it for 20 min and then add the remaining cheese and return it to the oven for 5 minutes. It comes out almost like a "lazy man's" lasagne....YUMMY!! Read More
(58)
Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2004
It was very easy to make and everyone loved it. The only thing to note is that if an oblong pan is not used to bake it in then 2 cups of moz. cheese is plenty instead of the 3 cups called for in the recipe. I passed the recipe on to a friend and they used a round casserole dish which was just too small of a diameter for that much cheese. But they still loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2004
This was very good. I did however add italian seasoning minced garlic and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies. I then placed a layer of the pasta in the dish cheese pasta and finally another layer of cheese. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2007
This is a great easy no fuss meal when you are short on time or the pantry is almost bare. I used home made mushroom sauce and kept it the same otherwise. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2008
Family loved it. I did add italian seasoning and used more sauce as someone suggested. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/02/2010
Great recipe - I messed up and put too much onion though. Still ate it all! Will definitely make again - thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2010
So yummy! We added extras like: mushrooms fresh garlic italian seasoning lemon pepper seasoning extra onion mozz cheese and medium cheddar etc. This hit the spot and the kids devoured it! Dad was satisfied enough too and we used up everything we needed to before going grocery shopping again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2011
Very good recipe as is and would also be good with some additions. I made it as is and everyone enjoyed it. I especially like it because it's made with things you have on hand even when it's the day before grocery shopping day! Thanks for a family-pleasing recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2009
I would give it about a 3 1/2 as written (I rounded up)... BUT with a lot of seasoning and about double the sauce it is AMAZING!!: Highly recommended... kids loved it! Great with garlic bread! Read More
(4)
Rating: 3 stars
10/26/2010
This recipe was good but I felt used more cheese than needed so I tried to keep it healthier by using less. Also added minced garlic to the beef and some italian seasonings as well.... Read More
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