Photo: Dominic Perri; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Prep Time
20 Mins
Cook Time
47 Mins
Yield
Serves: 6

Layers of pasta and cheese combine with ground turkey and pesto for this lasagna-type casserole of Baked Ziti with Turkey and Pesto.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F; grease an 8-inch square dish. Cook ziti in boiling, salted water until almost al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Step 2

Warm 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in turkey and sauté 1 minute. Mix in tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring, until thick, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Combine ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan and pesto in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Spread 1/2 of ziti in dish; top with 1/3 of sauce. Spread with ricotta mixture and cover with remaining ziti and sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; drizzle with 1 Tbsp. oil. Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

TheMomChef's Review

TheMomChef
February 21, 2014
I call this comfort food and I love that it's a one-dish meal that's so easy to make. The whole family enjoyed it, as evidenced the by fact that it came close to serving three people, not six. It's delicious. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/1bRJb3A