Baked Penne with Turkey Meatballs & Spinach

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
15 min 50 min 8
Baked Penne with Turkey Meatballs & Spinach
Health Rating


1/2 tsp Black pepper (for meatballs)
3/4 cup Bread crumbs, seasoned (for meatballs)
454 gm Ground turkey, extra lean (for meatballs)
1 clove(s) Garlic (minced, for meatballs)
1 cup, shredded Mozzarella cheese, partially skimmed
1 tbsp Olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (for meatballs)
1/4 cup Parsley, fresh (chopped, for meatballs)
1 1/4 cup Pasta, Penne, dry (makes around 3 cups cooked penne)
1 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese (skimmed milk)
1 dash Salt (or to taste, for meatballs)
4 cup Spinach (chopped)
3 cup Tomato sauce, canned (choice of store-bought brand)
1/4 cup Yellow onion (for meatballs)


Gently combine all the meatball ingredients, except for the olive oil, in a large bowl. Form the turkey mixture into 1-inch balls - you should get approximately 24 meatballs.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy medium skillet. Add 1 cup pasta sauce. Place meatballs in single layer in sauce. Spoon remaining sauce over. Bring to simmer. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until meatballs are almost cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile, cook the penne as instructed on the package. Once cooked, add it to the skillet with meatballs and sauce.

Preheat oven to 375F.

Combine the ricotta, spinach and 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella (save the 1/4 cup for later). Add to the meatballs. Pour the meatballs, penne and ricotta cheese mixture into a large lightly greased casserole dish.

Top the casserole dish with reserved mozzarella and place into the oven and bake for 40 minutes until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 357
Calories from fat 106
Calories from saturated fat 51
Total Fat 11.8 g
Saturated Fat 5.6 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.0 g
Cholesterol 61 mg
Sodium 988 mg
Potassium 729 mg
Total Carbohydrate 33 g
Dietary Fiber 3.1 g
Sugars 5.8 g
Protein 31 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 1.1
Meat 0.6
Milk Alternative 0.6
Vegetables 1.3

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