A Southern Grace: again with this

October 24, 2017

again with this


Baked gnocchetti. I seem to be on a comfort food kick!

It's not that I need comforting. I think the appeal of these dishes right now is that they're so easy to make, and that's A-#1 when there's a baby involved. It doesn't hurt that they're tasty, and if you're careful, not too bad for you either. I used ground turkey instead of beef and added some sauteed veggies too. I can't really talk my way around the abundance of cheese, but what's a baked pasta dish without cheese?

Fall has definitely arrived (finally!) and cool evenings make hot and hearty dishes like this one extremely appropriate.

Baked Pasta (at its easiest and, dare I say, finest)
(printable recipe)
Serves 6-8
  • 8 ounces medium-sized pasta (I used gnocchetti)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 bell pepper, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced or chopped
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced or chopped
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, homemade or purchased
  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese, small curds
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Cover the pasta in hot salted water for 30 minutes; drain and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch dish.
Saute the turkey, onion, and pepper in a medium pan until the turkey is cooked and the veggies are soft, about 10 minutes; drain.
Combine the pasta, turkey, veggies, sauce, and cottage cheese and stir until combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared dish and sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until bubbly and the cheese on top is melted.
Set oven to broiler and allow cheese to brown for 30-45 seconds.
Remove from oven and let dish stand for 5-8 minutes before serving.


Cheri Savory Spoon said...

This looks like heaven on a plate Grace, love everything about this dish.

Pam said...

This looks delicious, Grace! I like everything about it, a perfect comfort dish!

Angie's Recipes said...

I NEED some comfort food! This looks droolworthy, Grace.

Agness of Run Agness Run said...

This dish is definitely comfort food, Grace. I've never tried baked pasta, but I'll definitely prepare your recipe!

Food Gal said...

I love pasta. And I love cheese. With this dish of yours, I am totally in my happy place. ;)

Unknown said...

Can't wait to dive into this dish with all its yummy goodness. Also, I was told by a very reliable source that if it's eaten on a day that ends in "y" the caloric effect is minimal to nil!! ;-)

Gingi said...

Holy smokes! The picture of the pasta with the melted cheese stretching out is just straight up food porn!!!! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Marjie said...

I was going to say that comfort food is exactly what you need with a baby in the house, and with comfort foods like this, who would want anything else? Plus, it's turning chilly, and that doubles the worth of comfort foods.

Katerina said...

I am drooling in front of the screen! Seriously!

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

You can never have too much comfort food and your baked pasta looks great.

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen said...

That cheese pull! This is killing me it looks so good!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Exactly the kind of food I have been craving lately too!

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

Oh yeah! This looks amazingly yummy for the cold weather months.

Anonymous said...

That sure looks like comfort food! My daughter-who-doesn't-cook just fessed up that she made homemade gnocchi once with a friend. So now that's on my list (given I am eating local)...

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