- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 pound (box) whole wheat pasta (any short tube variety)
- 2 cans no salt added diced tomatoes (can use the kind with added spices and herbs)
- 1 bag of fancy shredded all natural cheese (Italian Blend and/or Mild Cheddar)
- 1 small bag frozen corn
- grated Parmesan cheese
- Panko or regular breadcrumbs
- sliced mushrooms (optional)
- extra virgin olive oil
- Italian herb seasoning, chopped garlic, onion powder, seal salt, black pepper, garlic powder
When turkey is thoroughly cooked and mushrooms are tender, add both cans of tomatoes, do not drain. Add 1-3 cups frozen corn (depending on your taste preferences) mix and cover. Allow to simmer. Add drained pasta and half of shredded cheese. Drizzle with a little olive oil and top with Parmesan cheese. Mix well until pasta is coated and cheese is melted.
Transfer mixture. There are a few ways to do this depending on your plans. This makes WAY more than a family of four will eat at one sitting, so I like to divide it up and freeze some for later. Just scoop into gallon sized plastic baggies or freezer friendly glass food storage containers if you are trying to reduce plastics in your home due to BPA. The portion you plan to bake and eat or deliver, spread into a glass baking dish. Top with shredded cheese, then breadcrumbs, then a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of garlic salt, and finally grated Parmesan.
This can go directly into your oven preheated to 375 uncovered until cheese is melty and bubbly and the top is golden brown. Or, you can deliver it covered with those baking directions to your recipient of choice. It can also be frozen or refrigerated in this state for future use, but it's best to let thaw completely before baking.
Since every ingredient was cooked before assembly, the baking time just needs to be sufficient to heat it through the center and brown the top.
Even the pickiest of eaters love this! And when done with turkey and whole wheat pasta, in exchange for ground been and regular white pasta, it's got everything you need nutrition wise.
*An optional way to boost nutrition and color is to add chopped baby spinach to the mix before adding the pasta, and let it wilt and cook down. It's a great source of iron and an easy way to "sneak" some greens into your kids' food without adding any flavor they could object to. Oh yeah, that's so ninja!