Baked Pasta with Spinach and Turkey

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Cooking, Dinner, Featured, Pasta

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the perfect weeknight meal.  Comes together quickly, is health, and is great as leftovers.  You can also prep it ahead and then just bake it before you’re ready to serve.  I hope you enjoy it!

Baked Pasta with Spinach and Turkey

(serves 8)

Canola or olive oil spray

1/2 cup of grated Pecorino Romano and parmesan cheese blend

8 oz skim ricotta

8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

2 dashes of dried basil

1-1/2 pounds ground turkey

1 pound of your favorite pasta

2 cloves of garlic, smashed or 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic

10 oz of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid or 2 cups of fresh spinach

4 cups of your favorite marinara sauce

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9X13 baking dish with canola or olive oil spray.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a large skillet brown your ground turkey.  Once cooked, remove turkey to a bowl and add 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil.  Cook garlic for a minute or two then add your spinach.  Season with sea salt and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes.  Add the cooked turkey and your marinara sauce.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine ricotta, 6 tablespoons of the grated parmesan cheese, half of the shredded mozzarella cheese, and a few dashes of basil.

Place half of your cooked pasta into your prepared baking dish.  Top with half of your sauce then spread your prepared ricotta cheese mixture evenly over the sauce.  Add the over half of the pasta and top with your remaining sauce.  Sprinkle your remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove the foil and finish cooking for 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted.  Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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Source:  Slightly adapted from http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/09/baked-pasta-with-sausage-and-spinach.html

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