Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Baked Penne Pasta

Pasta. What's not to love? This is the perfect way to enjoy a nice warm dinner on a cold day. Give you and your family that special treat that is well deserved. My hubby and I love this dish. It's a little work preparing, but once it's in the oven your work is done. This is a dish made healthier, but still tasty. So, you can have your pasta and eat it too.

I notice that a lot of kids have do not like large chunks of tomato in the sauce. Make sure you use petite diced tomato, it makes a big difference.

Baked Penne Pasta

  • 1 (14.5 oz.) box of penne pasta (Ronzoni Smart Taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ¾ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 pkg. ground turkey 99% lean (about 1 1/3 lb.)
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomato
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup fat free milk
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. reduced fat Sargento's grated 4 cheese Italian
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated Asiago cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile cook turkey and onion in a large nonstick skillet until meat is brown and is no longer pink. Drain fat out of skillet.

Then add to turkey: onion, tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, garlic powder, and olive oil. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to a simmer for 15 minutes. Then stir in stock, milk, and penne pasta, mix well. You may season with black pepper. Place half in a large 10 x 13 inch pyrex dish sprayed with pam spray. Cover with half of the parmesan and 4 cheese blend, then repeat. Spread Asiago on top of pasta last. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

This is a healthier version and you will not miss the fat and the high fiber pasta is delicious. Makes 8 generous portions.


  1. Looks so yummy! Good for the holidays... i'm excited!

  2. My favorite brand turkey is Shady Brook Farms. Thanks Cherry and it is yummy.