Baked Pasta with a Turkey Meat Sauce
Source: Proceed With Caution from Clean Eating Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2009
16 ounces whole wheat penne or pasta of your choice
2 small zucchini, washed and cut into 1/2″ quarters
olive oil cooking spray
1 lb lean ground turkey
3 cups no salt added tomato sauce
1/2 tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 ounces part skim mozzarella cheese, grated (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large pot, bring water to boil. Once boiling, add a pinch of salt & pasta & cook according to package directions. When pasta has approximately two minutes left of cooking time, add in the zucchini & boil for remaining cooking time. Pour pasta & zucchini into colander & drain. Return pasta to pot.
While pasta is cooking, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and brown turkey meat over medium heat, approximately 7 minutes. Once browned, stir in tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, basil, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Cover & bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer for approximately 4 minutes, stirring as needed. Stir turkey meat sauce into the pasta and toss to combine, being careful not to break any of the pasta.
Spray a 2 qt. baking dish with cooking spray, layer 1/2 of the pasta with turkey meat sauce on the bottom of the dish. Cover with 2/3 of the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining pasta mixture, then the rest of the mozzarella & paremesan. Bake for approximately 18 minutes, until cheese is completely melted.
**Optional: I also broiled it for 2 minutes additionally to get the cheese nice & golden & bubbly, do this with extreme caution and watch very closely so you do not burn it!**