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baked penne with asparagus & turkey meat sauce

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Jamallah Bergman
Atlanta, GA

Who knew Italian comfort food could be so healthy?

(2 ratings)
yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 35 Min
cook time 1 Hr

Ingredients For baked penne with asparagus & turkey meat sauce

  • 12 oz
    whole wheat penne
  • 3/4 lb
    thin asparagus,trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 3/4 lb
    lean ground turkey
  • 3 c
    no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    sea salt or coarse kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 oz
    part skim mozzarella cheese,grated (1cup),divided
  • 1/4 c
    parmigiano-reggiano, grated

How To Make baked penne with asparagus & turkey meat sauce

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350. Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook penne according to package directions. When pasta is 1 minute from being done, add asparagus and boil for 1 minute; drain and return to pot.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, coat a large skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium-high; add turkey and cook,stirring often, until lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add tomato sauce, basil, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and simmer until through, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • 3
    Add turkey meat sauce to penne and asparagus and stir to combine.
  • 4
    Lightly coat a 2 qt baking dish with cooking spray; add 1/2 the penne mixture and sprinkle with 2/3 of the mozzarella. Add remaining penne, then spinkle remaining mozzarella and top with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Try garnish with fresh oregano or basil, if desired.

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