Monday, February 25, 2013

Easy Baked [Turkey] Ziti

I know that almost everyone has their favorite go-to comfort food recipes, but I wanted to share my recipe for Easy Baked Ziti. It's the perfect recipe when you're craving some cheesy and saucy goodness.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup fresh sliced button mushrooms
1 1/2 jars of your favorite spaghetti/marinara sauce
3-4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 box whole wheat/ whole grain ziti (my grocery store only has penne)
1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning


Boil a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high and brown the ground turkey. Add the onion, garlic, and mushrooms, and saute for about 5 more minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, turkey mixture, sauce, 3/4 of the cheese, and the seasoning.

Now, you have two options: you can pour the mixture into a crock-pot sprayed with cooking spray and cook on low for 2-3 hours (sprinkle the remaining cheese over the pasta at the last 20 minutes of cook time), or you can pour the mixture into a casserole dish and cook at 350* for 25-30 minutes (sprinkle the remaining cheese over the casserole for the last 10 minutes of cook time).

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