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Healthier Baked Penne with Turkey Meat Sauce

Baked Penne with Turkey Meat Sauce
Baked Penne with Turkey Meat Sauce

This is my version of a healthier pasta; farro whole grain pasta, just a touch of cheese and a ton of “hidden veggies.” I use my Hidden Veggies Tomato Sauce as the base for my meat sauce – it makes me feel way better about indulging in the pasta because it is full of extra vegetables.

This meal is great because it can feed a small army. I don’t have many mouths to feed around here, but this recipe will feed me and my best friend for about 3 days. In the photos you can see that I paired it with green beans (sautéed in ghee with salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice), but really any veggie will make a great side. Tonight I’ll actually be serving it with the left over green beans and a side of roasted butternut squash.

Obviously, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a big glass of wine. So what the heck, why don’t you pour yourself a big glass now while you cook. ; )

Baked Penne with Turkey Meat Sauce
Baked Penne with Turkey Meat Sauce

Okay, so let’s get cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cups Hidden Veggies Tomato Sauce or regular tomato sauce (I guess…)
  • 1 handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cloves of garlic, sliced or diced
  • 1/2 lb (8 oz) penne pasta (or noodle of choice)
  • 1 TBSP oil (I prefer olive oil or avocado)
  • 2 TBSP ghee (or butter)
  • 1 TBSP Italian seasoning
  • 1 TSP chili flakes
  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt + petter to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Meat sauce:
    • Brown ground turkey in a hot pan in 1 TBSP of oil, over medium high heat. Once browned, remove from pan and set aside.
    • Add Hidden Veggies Tomato Sauce or regular tomato sauce to pan (medium heat) with ghee (or butter), tomatoes and garlic. Allow sauce to simmer for 5 minutes, then add the browned turkey to the pan. Turn the heat down to medium-low, add the spices, and cook for an additional 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Cook pasta according to the label instructions.
  • Combine pasta and meat sauce in to an oven-safe dish, sprinkle parmesan on top
  • Bake for 30 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle fresh parsley across the top.

*This is a great prep-ahead meal. If you’re planning for a party or dinner for the next night, refrigerate the pasta/meat mixture, and then heat in the oven when you’re ready to serve!

Happy munching : )

 

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