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Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey

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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 416kcal
Author Yumna Jawad


  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Cook whole wheat pasta shells according to package instructions, drain and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Add in the marinara sauce, fresh basil and then stir in the cooked pasta.
  • Top with mozzarella cheese and bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and serve immediately.



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.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 647mg | Potassium: 663mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 3.8mg