Turkey and Ricotta Pasta Bake

    1 hour

    A delicious, easy mid-week meal that all the family can enjoy. It uses whole wheat pasta and minced turkey but no one can tell the difference!

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    Serves: 8 

    • 450g ricotta cheese
    • 250g mozzarella cheese
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste
    • 1 pinch salt and fresh black pepper to taste
    • 450g whole-wheat penne pasta
    • 450g minced turkey
    • 1 (500g) jar pasta sauce

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat an oven to 150 C / Gas 2.
    2. Stir the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl; set aside on counter to allow to come to room temperature.
    3. Bring a pot of water to the 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.
    4. While the pasta cooks, place a frying pan over medium heat. Cook the turkey until it is completely browned. Add to the pasta.
    5. Spread 2 tablespoons of the pasta sauce into the bottom of a rectangular baking dish; stir the rest of the pasta 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 foil if desired.
    6. Bake until slightly brown on top, about 30 minutes.

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    Reviews in English (66)


    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.  -  01 Sep 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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.  -  09 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    it was made for kids who loved it  -  17 Aug 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)