The Adventure Starts Here: Cheesy Baked Pasta - Noah Approved

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cheesy Baked Pasta - Noah Approved

This week I tried a new recipe I found on Pinterest.  I tweaked it a little based on what we had on hand and it turned out great!  It was super easy to make... it involved minimal prep and a little stove top cooking, but then the last 20 minutes was in the oven.  I like these kind of dishes because it let's me clean up while it's baking :)  Chris had to work late the night I made this, so Noah and I ate it right out of the oven and Chris heated it up when he got home.  Noah gobbled it down, a true sign that he loved it.  And in this house, if Noah likes it, it's a winner and will be made again.  Good news is that Chris and I both liked it too :)

So here's the recipe (and how I modified it)...


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced (I just used the minced garlic from a spice jar)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 pound ground turkey (10% fat) (I used ground beef)
4 cups cooked whole wheat pasta shells (I used regular pasta since I had that on hand)
2 1/2 cups marinara sauce (I used a jar of Ragu which is only 2 cups, but it was definitely enough sauce)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley  (I skipped since I didn't have any)
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (divided) (I found a mexican blend of monterey jack, cheddar, asadero and quesadilla cheeses that worked great)
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 3-quart casserole dish with nonstick spray.
2. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium-heat and add onion, garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute until onions have softened, about 4 minutes. Crumble in the ground turkey and cook until the turkey is browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the pasta, marinara sauce, parsley and 1 cup of the cheese. Spoon the pasta mixture into the prepared dish. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top and the Parmesan cheese too.
3. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Looks yummy! I will have to make this soon! This will be much easier for my 2 year old to eat than spaghetti.


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