Easy Macaroni Casserole

This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!

This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!Easy Macaroni Casserole

My husband loves his comfort pasta dishes, a few that we always make are Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli, Baked Ziti and Spinach Lasagna Rolls .


This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!

How To Make Easy Macaroni Casserole

I come from the school of having to cook your pasta in plenty of water, so when someone kindly shared this recipe with me, I won’t lie, I was skeptical! But I loved the outcome, and since then I’ve made it a few times over tweaking it to my taste and we love it!

And the whole wheat elbows from DeLallo – I’m so impressed with their taste! In fact, I like their pasta so much that I am partnering up with them this year as a brand sponsor. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that my family and I don’t like the taste of whole wheat pasta. But that completely changed when I tried DeLallo, and my kids and husband liked it too!

This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!

I used whole milk mozzarella on top because the points didn’t change by using reduced fat, and I love my cheese melted and gooey, but you can use whichever you prefer.

This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!

This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!

This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!

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Easy Macaroni Casserole

This super easy macaroni casserole is a baked pasta dish with ground turkey, veggies, marinara sauce and cheese. Kid-friendly and no need to pre-cook the pasta!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 (14.5 oz can) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups marinara sauce (I used my own homemade)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz uncooked DeLallo whole wheat elbows

Directions:

  1. In a large deep non-stick skillet, brown the ground turkey over high heat until cooked through, seasoning with a pinch of salt and breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks.
  2. Set aside on a dish.
  3. Add olive oil to the skillet, reduce heat to medium and add the onion, red pepper, celery and carrots; sauté until the vegetables soft, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  4. Return the turkey to the skillet along with the remaining ingredients except for the pasta and cheese.
  5. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. While simmering, heat oven to 350°F.
  7. Spoon just enough of the turkey/vegetable mixture to cover the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  8. Cover with uncooked pasta.
  9. Spoon remaining sauce mixture evenly over the top and sprinkle with cheese.
  10. Cover with foil and bake 50-55 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
  12. Divide into 8 servings.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 servings , Serving Size: 1/8th

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 5
  • Points +: 8
  • Calories: 338 calories
  • Total Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
  • Sodium: 581mg
  • Carbohydrates: 31g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Protein: 21g
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by DeLallo. I only share products I use in my own kitchen. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so.