Turkey Bake with Whole Wheat Pasta

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My husband and I LOVE pasta, but with our new diet and exercise plan, pasta is not our friend, so here's a way to make it a little easier for us to enjoy our faves!

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) container low-fat ricotta cheese

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 (1 pound) package whole-wheat penne pasta

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1 (13.5 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

  2. Stir the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl; set aside on counter to allow to come to room temperature.

  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil; cook the penne in the boiling water until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  4. While the pasta cooks, place a skillet over medium heat. Crumble the turkey into the skillet; cook and stir until the turkey is completely browned. Drain and add to the pasta.

  5. Spread 2 tablespoons of the spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish; stir the rest of the spaghetti sauce into the pasta and turkey mixture. Spoon about half of the pasta mixture into the baking dish; top with the cheese mixture and spread into an even layer. Spread the remaining pasta mixture over the cheese layer. Cover with aluminum foil if desired.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until slightly brown on top, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

478 Calories
16g Fat
49g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 478
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 36%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 498mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 395mg 30%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 359mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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