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!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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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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  • Preheat an oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

478 calories; protein 35.5g 71% DV; carbohydrates 49g 16% DV; fat 15.5g 24% DV; cholesterol 78.3mg 26% DV; sodium 498mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2009
Very good quick dish but I did make a lot of changes. I added alot more garlic and next time will throw the garlic in the beef at the end of the saute time to cook it a little. I also added a bit of crushed red pepper flake to the cheese mixture and meat. After the meat was cooked I sauted some veggies too and threw those is. I used onion red and yellow pepper and zuchini. I also used a little more sauce and added some basil and oregano. Very tasty and we will have leftovers for a week! Which I love. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/10/2010
This was pretty bland. I think I would add more sauce if I made it again. It did make alot which is nice if you enjoy leftovers. Read More
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99 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 40
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2009
Very good quick dish but I did make a lot of changes. I added alot more garlic and next time will throw the garlic in the beef at the end of the saute time to cook it a little. I also added a bit of crushed red pepper flake to the cheese mixture and meat. After the meat was cooked I sauted some veggies too and threw those is. I used onion red and yellow pepper and zuchini. I also used a little more sauce and added some basil and oregano. Very tasty and we will have leftovers for a week! Which I love. Read More
(60)
Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2009
Yum yum yummy. My family loved it. All three kids had second helpings which is highly rare. I made a small change because I hate when people completely change a recipie and then rate it. I added some italian herb season to the turkey as I cooked it. Only becuase I'm not a fan of plain ground turkey. Everything else the same and it was so good. The only problem I had is that it did not heat through enough. Next time I will crank the heat up to 350 and cook for 35-40 minutes. Also definitely cover with foil. Ours was a little dry on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2009
it was made for kids who loved it Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2009
Very good! I added some more flavor by adding garlic crushed red pepper oregano basil and rosemary to the turkey while cooking and I used an entire jar of sauce even though I halved the recipe. (What can I say? I LOVE tomato sauce!). I didn't have ricotta so I just left it out and I added broccoli to the cheese mixture to up the veggie count. Turned out excellent. Very nice very flavorful. Turkey doesn't always have much of a flavor so I'm always spicing it up. I made this up and refrigerated the night before so instead of the oven on 300 for 30 minutes I upped the temp to 350 and the time to 50 minutes so it would heat through and melt the cheese. I don't think this would have been necessary if I'd made the entire thing the same day. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2015
After reading other reviews I made a few changes. I used low fat cottage cheese instead of ricotta and I added oregano and 6 cloves of garlic to the cheese mixture with these changes the flavor wasn't bland as others stated. I also thawed frozen spinach squeezed the moisture out and added it to the cheese mixture too. I found that it needed more sauce so I used a jar and a half and I used whole wheat penne pasta. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2010
Tasty! Only part I changed was that I saved some of the mozzarella cheese for the top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2010
My husband and I love this recipe. I have made it for several occasions and just dinner at home. It's great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2010
Very good makes a lot for just my husband and I. Eat it for a long time and always yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/27/2011
This is great. My husband almost ate the entire pan! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/10/2010
This was pretty bland. I think I would add more sauce if I made it again. It did make alot which is nice if you enjoy leftovers. Read More
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