Cooking With Val

Cooking with Val

Baked Penne with Ground Turkey

Are you looking for a nutritious meal for your family that won't break the bank? 
Cooking healthy doesn't always have to be super expensive. A lot of items we buy
regularly can be used to make inexpensive healthy meals. This Baked Penne recipe 
is not only healthy but it's a quick meal on a budget, coming at just about $9.50 
and can feed a family of 4 to 6 people. Switch white pasta for whole wheat pasta
and use fresh ingredients as opposed to canned.

Now don't be afraid of pasta.  According to Dr. Oz: Diet Myth #3: Pasta Makes You Fat 
The problem with pasta is not the pasta itself – it’s more about portions. If you eat
too much of anything, and don’t burn it off, your body will store it as fat. So whether
it’s bread or pasta or rice, it’s about the volume and extra calories, not about the 
carbohydrates themselves. Add to that the heavy sauces and high-calorie cheeses, and
no wonder pasta has such a bad rap. The key here is practicing portion control. Pasta
is okay in moderation. Dietitians recommend 2 or 3 ounces of uncooked noodles per
person – or half of a one-pound box to serve a family of four.   

1 box whole wheat penne - $1.621 lb ground turkey - $1.722 cups diced plum
tomatoes - $1.361 small red onion - $0.97/lb1 tsp garlic - $0.75/head -Salt - $1.56/lb -
Pepper - $1.48/2oz can 
Dinner costs $9.46 

  • Cook penne until al dente and set aside
  • Cook turkey  in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned
  • Drain excess liquid then add salt, pepper, onion and garlic.
  • Combine turkey, cooked penne and tomatoes
  • Bake at 350° for 20 minutes
Optional: if you have some shredded cheese in you fridge, go ahead and sprinkle
 some on top of your pasta!


  1. Looks tasty -- I would love to try this recipe. I think using turkey is a healthy choice. I have lately been using ground turkey in many other recipes and love how low fat it is.

  2. This sounds so good and nutritious, too. I can't imagine only having that itty bit of pasta - two servings for me!!!!! I can't wait to try this!

  3. This looks so delicious. I love that the recipe calls for turkey and not pork or beef. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Post a Comment

Popular Posts