Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Veggie and Turkey Rotini Bake

turkey, veggie, rotini pasta bake

I love pasta. I make some or other pasta atleast once a week if not more. I like pasta because it is easy to make, I can load it up with a ton of veggies and it is very fulling at the same time. 90 percent of the time, I make it with veggies alone. But today, I added in some ground turkey along with the vegetables. For this recipe, it is faster if you are a multitasker with the stove. One burner for the pasta, one for the veggies and the other for the turkey.

  • 3 cups garden rotini pasta
  • 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 10 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp dried italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 green onions, finely chopped to garnish
  • one small skillet
  • one pan to cook the sauce
  • one saucepan to cook the pasta
  • 3 qt oven proof dish
  • Boil water in the saucepan for the pasta, cook until al dente. Drain, set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat the pan for the pasta sauce to medium heat, add 1 tbsp of the olive oil, add in the onion, fry for a couple of minutes, then add in the garlic.
  • Once the onions are translucent, add the peppers and the zucchini, the salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, italian seasoning and the basil.
  • After the peppers and zucchini are a little soft, add in the mushrooms.
  • After a minute or so, add the pasta sauce. Heat through. Turn off the heat.
  • Put the skillet on medium heat, add in the other tbsp of olive oil, and add the ground turkey to the pan. Break the turkey with a spoon and cook until well cooked through (about 4-5 min).
  • Combine the pasta, the veggie sauce and the turkey. Put this mixture in the 3 qt. dish and top it with the cheese.
  • Bake in a 350 degrees oven for 10 min.
  • Serve while hot.

1 comment:

Nandini Gopinath said...

Hey...What do you mean by pasta sauce ?