Ground Turkey Noodle Bake Recipe

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Back in the 1950's, when my husband was diagnosed as diabetic, we had five children at home to feed. I made this casserole often...and it satisfied us all. We all agree it's still as delicious today as it was then.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 281 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 676mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 lean meat 2 fat


  1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until turkey is no longer pink; drain. Stir in tomato sauce and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the milk powder, water, cream cheese, parsley and garlic. Cook and stir over medium heat until cream cheese is melted.
  3. Drain noodles; add to cream cheese mixture. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with turkey mixture. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Ground Turkey Noodle Bake in Taste of Home Annual Recipes Annual 2003, p82

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"Just made this for dinner tonight. I was looking for a different recipe for ground turkey besides the usual chili or meatloaf. It took a little longer to put together than I would have liked, and I didn't love the fact that I had to dirty three pans besides the one it's cooked in. But honestly, it was SOOO worth it! It was so creamy and delicious! My kids raved about it, and one of them called it "amazing". I made a larger recipe using a whole bag of egg noodles, 2 cans of tomato sauce, and 2.5 pounds of ground turkey, then increased the other ingredients accordingly. Baked it in a 13x9 glass dish for 20 minutes. Awesome!"

Reviewed May. 23, 2015

"I tried this recipe today and my husband & I loved it. I did use regular milk and 6 ozs of cream cheese. I didn't have Mozzarella cheese also, so I used Italian Five Cheese Mix. It turned out excellent."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2015

"Whole Family liked it."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2015

"I double this, use evaporated milk in place of the dry milk and water, and my family loves it."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"Very tasty, My family enjoyed this recipe."

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