Three Cheese Ziti Bake

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Three Cheese Ziti Bake 

(or, Three Cheese Pasta Bake)

Ingredients

  • 3 c. cooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 c. fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1.5 jars three cheese marinara sauce
  • 2 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 c. shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 tsp. oregano 
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile cook ground turkey in a large nonstick skillet, until meat is cooked through, (no longer pink). Stir in cream cheese, crushed tomatoes, spinach, and spices and turn off heat. When pasta is done, pour into a colander to drain. Add pasta to sauce mixture.
  3. Pour everything into prepared casserole dish, and sprinkle mozzarella over the pasta. Cover casserole dish with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil, and bake an additional 5-7 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted.
Posted on May 14, 2012 .