Baked Spinach and Turkey Italian Pasta

Baked spinach and turkey Italian pasta is such a delicious comfort food. This dish makes the perfect meal on those cold or rainy days. However, just because it is a comfort food, doesn’t mean it isn’t healthy. There are so many vitamins and nutrients packed into this dish!

Making pasta dishes, I typically add lots of veggies. When made with a good tomato sauce, even picky eaters won’t realize how many delicious and healthy vegetables are in the dish. You can add any vegetable you and your family enjoy such as spinach, tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, or zucchini. This time, I used onion, tomatoes, and an entire bag of baby spinach. 

Also, this baked spinach and turkey Italian pasta can be made using a different type of ground meat such as ground beef or Italian sausage. Another option would be to make it without meat and serve it as a vegetarian meal!

All of the ingredients used in this recipe were purchased at my local Super Target. However, most grocery stores should carry all of these ingredients.

Baked Spinach and Turkey Italian Pasta – Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb pasta (I used Penne)

1 lb box penne pasta
Penne pasta

1 can diced tomatoes

Jar favorite tomato sauce (I used Prego mushroom sauce)

Prego mushroom sauce and can of diced tomatoes
Sauce and tomatoes

1/2 chopped onion

diced onion for baked spinach and turkey Italian pasta
Diced onion

1 bag baby spinach

1 bag baby spinach
Baby spinach

1 lb ground turkey

1 lb ground turkey
Found turkey

Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Package of mozzarella cheese
Mozzarella cheese

Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

1 container parmasean cheese
Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Sauté onions in some olive oil for a few minutes on medium high heat

Sautéing chopped onions for baked spinach and turkey Italian pasta
Sautéing the onions!

Add ground turkey, and cook through

ground turkey and onions cooking
Ground turkey and onions
Cooked ground turkey and onions
Ground turkey cooked through

Pour in tomatoes, sauce, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning and simmer on low heat

Pasta sauce simmering
Sauce is simmering!

While sauce is simmering, cook pasta in salted water for a minute or two less than directions on box (it will continue to cook while baking)

Right before pasta is done, add entire bag of spinach (it cooks down quickly!)

Spinach added to pasta sauce
Spinach added
Spinach pasta sauce
Cooking spinach and pasta sauce

When pasta is done, drain and pour into sauce to combine

Pasta added to sauce for Baked spinach and turkey Italian pasta
Pasta is added

Pour pasta mixture into a large greased baking dish

Pasta and sauce in a baking dish forBaked spinach and turkey Italian pasta
Pasta and sauce in a baking dish!

Sprinkle Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese on pasta and bake for about 30-45 minutes or until cheese is a nice golden brown color

Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese added to pasta
Cheese is added!
Baked spinach and turkey Italian pasta
Baked spinach and turkey Italian pasta is done!

Serve this dish alone or with a salad and some garlic bread, and mini chocolate pies for dessert. Yum!!

Yield: 6

Baked Spinach and Turkey Italian Pasta

Baked Spinach and Turkey Italian Pasta
Baked spinach and turkey Italian pasta is a delicious and healthy comfort food. This dish is also versatile and can be made with the vegetables your family loves.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pasta (I used Penne)
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • Jar of tomato sauce (I used Prego mushroom sauce)
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • Italian seasoning
  • Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Sauté onion in olive oil on medium high heat
  3. Add ground turkey, and cook through
  4. Pour in tomatoes, sauce, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and simmer on low heat
  5. While sauce is simmering, cook pasta in salted water for a minute or two less than directions on box (it will continue to cook while baking)
  6. Right before pasta is done, add spinach to sauce (it will cook down quickly)
  7. When pasta is done, drain, and pour into sauce to combine
  8. Pour pasta mixture into large greased baking dish
  9. Sprinkle cheese on top, and bake for about 30-45 minutes or until cheese is a golden color

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 344 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 90mg Sodium: 309mg Carbohydrates: 28g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Protein: 29g
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