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This Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey recipe is made with whole wheat pasta, lean ground turkey, marinara sauce - a comfort dish the whole family will love!

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Baked Pasta Recipe

Real comfort is not just a pasta dish. It’s a baked pasta dish! Something magical and miraculous happens in the oven when all the flavors of a simple pasta dish smothered in cheese gets bubbly and melted. That magical thing is this baked pasta with ground turkey!

Why I love this Recipe:

  • Perfect comfort food for the colder weather
  • Very kid-friendly and dinner party-friendly
  • Freezer friendly
  • Well balanced with good carbs, protein and veggies

How to Make Baked Pasta

To start, brown ground turkey with onions. Then add the garlic, seasoning, marinara and fresh basil. As it is, it’s a simple chunky marinara. It’s full of flavor and you can use to top off any pasta you’d like.

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Comfort food at its best - this Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey recipe is made with whole wheat pasta shells, lean ground turkey, marinara sauce and simple ingredients like onions and garlic all baked with cheese. It's a wonderful meal that the whole family will love!

But take it a step further by stirring in the pasta, topping it with mozzarella cheese, or any cheese for that matter, and you’ve got your favorite weeknight dish – baked pasta with ground turkey. Let’s have a moment with the cheese pull if you will…

Comfort food at its best - this Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey recipe is made with whole wheat pasta shells, lean ground turkey, marinara sauce and simple ingredients like onions and garlic all baked with cheese. It's a wonderful meal that the whole family will love!

Don’t be afraid of the carbs because the whole wheat pasta actually packs a lot of fiber and good carbs that your body craves. So have some pasta once in a while, it’ll satisfy that natural cravings without going overboard. When I make this, I make sure to make a side salad and start with that first because this recipe is so mouthwatering, flavorful and irresistible not to have seconds (and thirds?!)

Comfort food at its best - this Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey recipe is made with whole wheat pasta shells, lean ground turkey, marinara sauce and simple ingredients like onions and garlic all baked with cheese. It's a wonderful meal that the whole family will love!

And if you’re thinking this baked pasta recipe is too much for you and your family to eat at once, prep and freeze some! Just divide the recipe into two smaller pans or casserole dishes and freeze one for later. Then when you’re ready, you just need to pop it in the oven and add 15-20 minutes to the baking time. Easy, peasy and definitely cheesy!

Comfort food at its best - this Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey recipe is made with whole wheat pasta shells, lean ground turkey, marinara sauce and simple ingredients like onions and garlic all baked with cheese. It's a wonderful meal that the whole family will love!

I hope you love this healthy-ish feelgood Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey recipe. If you make it, please leave me a comment telling me how you like it, or use hashtag #feelgoodfoodie on Instagram so I can see your recreations.

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Comfort food at its best - this Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey recipe is made with whole wheat pasta shells, lean ground turkey, marinara sauce and simple ingredients like onions and garlic all baked with cheese. It's a wonderful meal that the whole family will love!
Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey recipe is made with whole wheat pasta, lean ground turkey, marinara sauce - a comfort dish the whole family will love!

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta Bake, Turkey Pasta
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 416 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups marinara sauce store-bought or homemade
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil plus more for garnishing
  • 12 oz whole wheat pasta shells
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Cook whole wheat pasta shells according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  3. In a cast iron skillet or other oven safe skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, add the onions and ground turkey and cook until the turkey is browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and Italian seasoning, and cook for another 2 minutes until well combined.
  4. Add in the marinara sauce, fresh basil and then stir in the cooked pasta.
  5. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Make Ahead: You can make the baked pasta with ground turkey ahead of time and freeze for up to 3 months. There's no thawing necessary. When ready to serve, just place it in the oven for an extra 20 minutes.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can substitute ground chicken or ground beef instead of of ground turkey. You can also make your own marinara sauce and change up the seasoning if you'd like.

Nutrition Facts
Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 647mg 27%
Potassium 663mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 11.2%
Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 19%
Iron 21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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