Are you in need of some comfort food, but don’t want to sacrifice healthy ingredients or all your SmartPoints? Good news….this Weight Watchers Baked Turkey and Pasta Casserole feels like comfort food but is really low in points! Yippee!!
Weight Watchers Baked Turkey and Pasta Casserole
I love all the healthy ingredients in this casserole…except the onions! They are in here for YOUR benefit since most of the population seems to love onions, LOL. I leave them out when I make this for dinner! I have to say…this casserole is coming in a close 2nd to my favorite..which is the Weight Watchers Chicken Enchilada Bake!
Ingredients Needed for Baked Turkey and Pasta Casserole
Nonstick Cooking Spray
1 pound uncooked 99% lean ground turkey
medium uncooked onion, chopped
8 oz mushrooms, thinly sliced–these can be fresh or from a can/jar
1 Tbsp salt
12 oz roasted red peppers (packed in water), drained, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 pinch red pepper flakes
15 oz canned diced tomatoes
30 oz canned tomato sauce
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1⁄2 cup basil, fresh or dry, minced
12 oz uncooked whole wheat pasta, penne, cooked according to package instructions
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1⁄4 cup(s)grated Parmesan cheese, divided
How to Make Weight Watchers Baked Turkey and Pasta Casserole
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Coat a 9 x 13 baking dish or a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a skillet brown the turkey, onion and mushroom. Make sure all the liquid has evaporated.
While the meat is browning go ahead and cook the pasta according to the package directions and then drain and set aside.
Now add the salt, garlic, red pepper flakes, roasted red peppers, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and basil to the turkey and veggie mixture. Stir so that everything is combined well.
Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes so flavors can blend really well.
Now stir in cooked penne pasta, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 2 tablespoons of the grated Parmesan cheese.
Spoon the whole mixture into the baking dish.
Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Bake until cheese is melted and the dish is heated through. Usually it takes about 25 minutes.
A Few Tips
If you use the same ingredients I have listed this whole recipe is 35 SmartPoints. You will want to divide that number by how many servings you choose to have. I usually cut this into 8 portions…so it is 4.3 SmartPoints per serving!! I can have 2 servings and not feel bad!
Remember that if you don’t use 99% fat-free turkey it will make a big difference in points! You could also use LEFTOVER turkey in this recipe instead of ground!! Great for all that extra turkey after Thanksgiving and Christmas.
What’s on Your Menu?
What are you cooking up for dinner this week? I am always game for new ideas!! Don’t forget to check out all of my Weight Watchers Recipes, Ideas and Motivation!
- Nonstick Cooking Spray
- 1 pound uncooked 99% lean ground turkey
- medium uncooked onion, chopped
- 8oz mushrooms, thinly sliced--these can be fresh or from a can/jar
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 12 oz roasted red peppers (packed in water), drained, chopped
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 15 oz canned diced tomatoes
- 30 oz canned tomato sauce
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1⁄2 cup basil, fresh or dry, minced
- 12 oz uncooked whole wheat pasta, penne, cooked according to package instructions
- 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1⁄4 cup(s)grated Parmesan cheese, divided
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