I like making these lazy lasagna type casseroles on busy weeknights. Instead of messing with boiling and layering lasagna noodles, I just layer with whatever pasta we have at home…and on this night, we had shells. If you’re a ground turkey person, this is your kind of recipe. Yummy ground turkey, spinach and cheese…I love it all. Yummy and easy.
And psssst: you could use ground beef if you prefer 🙂
This would also make a great potluck or freezer meal. After the casserole is assembled, allow it to come to room temperature before covering it and either placing it in the fridge (for up to 2 days) or the freezer (for up to 3 months if properly stored). When you’re ready to heat it up, uncover and bake. You will need to bake it almost an hour if it’s frozen.
This recipe serves 4 adults. Enjoy!
about 2 cups of pasta, I used shells
1 onion, chopped
1 pound of ground turkey
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 box of frozen spinach, thawed and all of the excess water squeezed out
1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning blend
a nice splash (about 1/4 cup or so) of milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Salt and Pepper (S&P)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Grease (I used Pam) an 8×8 baking dish. Set aside.
Bring a pot of water to boil over medium-high heat and drop your pasta. Cook until al dente (about 6 or 7 minutes).
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute your onion in a tablespoon or so of EVOO. Add in a pinch of S&P. After a few minutes, add in your ground turkey with another pinch of S&P. Cook until the turkey is browned and crumbly. Stir in your garlic cloves and spinach. Add in your Italian seasoning. Once your spinach and garlic are all combined with your turkey, slowly stir in your milk and cheese. Combine.
Drain the water from your noodles and layer half of the noodles in your prepared baking dish. Next, add a layer of ground turkey mixture followed by a second layer of noodles and then a second layer of ground turkey. Top everything with your grated Mozzarella cheese,
Bake uncovered about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and everything is starting to bubble.
Remove from oven and serve.
A quick little pasta dish/casserole/easy lasagna/family meal.
And PS: While I was standing up and taking pictures of this recipe, this was going on underneath me…
…Smith was standing between my legs watching me :). Love those big blue eyes.