Turkey and Ricotta Pasta Bake

    Turkey and Ricotta Pasta Bake


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    About this recipe: 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!

    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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