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August 29, 2008

Turkey Pasta Bake

Turkey Pasta Bake

So you want some sort of pasta dish, but you aren't actually thinking along the line of something tomato based and you are stumped about where to go from there...Now what? Why not pull out some pasta, turkey and peas? This combination makes a lovely savory combination that will become a instant favorite if turkey and peas are your thing. It's just perfect for when you want a little pasta, but you'd like to put a hold on the tomatoes! ;o)

What You'll Need:
1 box of whole wheat penne, cooked according to package directions
Extra virgin olive oil
4 turkey cutlers, cooked and cut into chunks (Note: I cooked 4 cutlets, but only used two of them as I halved this recipe.)
1 onion, chopped
2 cups of mushrooms, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
Sea salt
Black pepper
1 cup of fat free half and half
1/2 pound Gruyère cheese, shredded
1 package of frozen peas
Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Cook penne according to package directions, drain and place in a very large bowl. Set aside.

Turkey Pasta Bake: Turkey Chops Cooking

In a medium sized pan sauté turkey cutlets until done through. Remove from pan, cut into chunks and set aside.

In the same skillet that you cooked your turkey, add a bit more olive oil and sauté onion, mushrooms and garlic until tender with a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground pepper. Add half and half and Gruyère and stir until mostly melted. Stir in peas and turkey chunks until incorporated and pour mixture over the pasta, stirring gently to incorporate, but not mash the noodles.

Turkey Pasta Bake: Ready for Cheese

Once noodles/veggies/turkey are mixed pour into an 13 X 9 inch dish that has been brushed with olive oil and spread out to ensure the mixture covers the entire dish.

Turkey Pasta Bake: Ready to Bake

Top with grated Pecorino Romano cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese melts and is slightly browned.

Notes: I halved what you see above made an 8 X 8 inch pan instead. You could use chicken or shrimp in place of the turkey, or even just add more mushrooms and leave out the meat all together.

Posted by Dianne at August 29, 2008 7:47 AM

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We've mad something similar to this before! It is so yummy!

Posted by: Esther at August 29, 2008 12:02 PM

My mother used to make something similar to this when I was growing up. It's really good! David has a thing against casseroles (I think its a food-combo issue) so I try not to do it too often.

Posted by: Megan at August 29, 2008 12:02 PM

Thanks Esther!

Megan, Jamison won't eat casseroles either. He likes very plain lasagna (Sauce, noodles, ground beef and rice mozzarella), but that's about it. He wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at August 29, 2008 1:05 PM

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