Easy. Cheesy. Pasta. Three words that are kid pleasing meals. The best thing about this dish is that you can prep it during nap time, and then stick it in the fridge until you are ready to cook it. Or you can prep it and freeze it. Or you can just make it all up and cook it off right after and it will be delicious!

So your basics…2 cups rigatoni pasta cooked to al dente:

Turkey Rigatoni

It’s not going to seem like much, but it is:

Turkey Rigatoni

Marinara sauce (I sauteed half a medium onion for five minutes on medium, 2 cloves of garlic for thirty seconds, then sauteed half a finely chopped turkey kielbasa, then threw in fresh basil leaves, oregano, parsley, and 3/4 of a bottle of Newman’s Own marinara):

Turkey RigatoniAnd let it cook while the pasta is cooking and you are shredding the cheese:

Turkey Rigatoni8 oz of mozzarella and Parmesan (I used the jar…AHHH! Shock!)

I tossed the cooked pasta with the marinara:

Turkey Rigatoni

Layered on the mozzarella:

Turkey Rigatoni

Then the Parmesan:

Turkey Rigatoni

Then placed two tablespoons of cold butter around the top:

Turkey Rigatoni

Then I baked it off at 375 for twenty minutes (thirty if it’s cold, about an hour if it’s frozen…foil the top if it’s frozen!):

Turkey RigatoniLet it cool for five to ten minutes and then eat! Yum! The full recipe is below.

Turkey Rigatoni
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of rigatoni
  • ½ of a package of chopped turkey kielbasa
  • ¾ of a bottle of Newman's Own marinara
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, ¼ cup of fresh parsley, 10 small fresh oregano leaves all chopped together
  • ½ of diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 tbs of canola oil
  • 1 8 oz block of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbs of cream cheese
  • ½ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbs of butter diced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Cook rigatoni al dente according to package directions.
  3. In a saute pan, heat canola oil at medium heat. Saute yellow onion for 5 minutes, then saute garlic for about 30 seconds stirring constantly. Add turkey kielbasa and cook for five minutes at medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Turn heat to low, add marinara and herbs and let cook on low for about fifteen minutes.
  4. Add cooked pasta to a 9x13 baking dish. Mix with turkey marinara. Stir in cream cheese. Layer mozzarella, then Parmesan, then butter on top. Cook for 20 minutes until bubbly and golden. Let sit for five minutes after taking out of oven.

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