Friday, July 24, 2009

Turkey-Ricotta Pasta Bake

I often have days when I get home from the office and just don't feel like doing all the prep work for a meal. Thankfully I have a few dishes that I can prepare ahead of time that I can just heat and eat! I love pasta dishes because they are very filling and nutritious. This next recipe I make at least three times a month, it's easy filling and a big hit. I didn't even get to take a picture before it was devoured up!

Ingredients you will need:
- olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves or 1 tbsp minced
- 1/4 cup red onion, diced (OPTIONAL)
- 1/2 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 cup-3/4 cup jarred basil tomato pasta sauce
- 3/4 cup of whole wheat penne pasta
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Italian mix cheese


Heat oil in pan over med-high heat, saute garlic (and onion). Add ground turkey and cook until brown and crumbly, break up the larger chunks. Mix in sauce with the meat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat boiling water with a pinch of salt, add pasta. Cook for about 6 minutes, you don't want to cook it any longer since it will be baked. After pasta has been drained add to meat sauce, stir in ricotta cheese and mix it all together. Grease a loaf pan, then add pasta mixture, top with shredded cheese. *I make all this part ahead of time, that way I can come home from the office and just place it in the oven, but it can be baked immediately as well. * Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees :)

Money saving tip: I use leftover sauce, this last time I had a 1/2 cup vodka and 1/4 cup spicy basil and just added them both it was very flavorful and I didn't have to open a brand new jar.

3 comments:

  1. Yum! Happy Sunday! I am making way through all of the comments I received when I was featured on SITS. It really is a great SITSahood.
    Thank you so much for visiting me and have a blessed day!

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  2. Sounds YUMMY!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by on my SITS day! (err...last week! I'm getting through the list! eek!)

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  3. Thank heavens for make-ahead meals. Ugh. I can't tell you how often I get to the point in the day where I'm supposed to start making dinner and I just go, "Ummm... I'm not feeling it today..." This would be perfect to pull out of the fridge/freezer and stick in the oven, though!

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