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Baked Penne with Turkey, Mushroom and Roasted Pepper Ragu

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
20 min
50 min
This family-friendly, comfort food-classic is made healthier with lean turkey and lots of vegetables. Use any combination of vegetables you have on hand.


Cooking spray

2 spray(s)

Olive oil

1 tsp(s)

Uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

¾ pound(s)


2 medium, chopped

Cremini mushrooms

8 oz, thinly sliced

Kosher salt

1 tbsp(s)

Minced garlic

1 tbsp(s)

Crushed red pepper flakes


Roasted red peppers (packed in water)

12 oz, drained, chopped

Canned diced tomatoes

15 oz

Canned tomato sauce

30 oz

Italian seasoning

1 tbsp(s)

Fresh basil

½ cup(s), fresh, minced (plus extra for garnish)

Uncooked whole wheat pasta

12 oz, cooked according to package instructions

Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

1 cup(s), divided

Grated Parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s), divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a large 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat oil in a very large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, onions and mushroom; cook, stirring often, until liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add salt, garlic, red pepper flakes, roasted peppers, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and basil; stir to mix and coat.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes so flavors blend; stir in cooked penne, 1/2 cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
  5. Spoon penne mixture into prepared dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Bake until cheese is bubbly and melted, and dish is heated through, about 25 to 30 minutes; garnish with fresh basil if desired. Yields about 1 cup per serving.