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Turkey Mostaccioli Bake Recipe

Turkey Mostaccioli Bake Recipe

“I often serve this for dinner parties and always get tons of compliments,” writes Donna Ebert from Richfield, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked mostaccioli
  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook mostaccioli according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain if necessary.
  • 2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese and marjoram; set aside. Drain mostaccioli.
  • 4. Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce into an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the mostaccioli, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Top with cottage cheese mixture. Layer with remaining mostaccioli, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (dish will be full).
  • 5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 278 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 607mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 medium-fat meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch.

Reviews for Turkey Mostaccioli Bake

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 223710
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2015

"This was good. Great to pull together quickly for a weeknight meal."

micemery User ID: 3537150 78868
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"Mine turned out a little watery. I added 1 tsp Italian seasoning and some garlic powder. Good for a week night meal!"

georgeanna User ID: 1160318 107412
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"Made this two day ago. It is delicious! Even better the second day! A great smaller version of lasagna. It was easy and tasty a perfect combination."

amysuetoo User ID: 1046791 107407
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"Quick and easy to make especially mixing the meat sauce and pasta. I don't use the parmesan cheese. I add a little extra marjoram. I add garlic in the meat sauce."

carolunderhill User ID: 1703508 72342
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"As a lower in fat dish, this was very good. I tweaked it a bit. I added a clove of garlic with the onion, a tsp of dried basil, 1/4 tsp pepper flakes to the sauce. I used 2% cottage cheese, that's what I had on hand. As suggested I also added the pasta to the sauce to save a step."

hunkydoriest User ID: 4515323 107364
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"Great recipe! This was like lasagna, but the noodles were easier to work with."

HOGWriter User ID: 3126553 152761
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"We agree with all the other 5-star reviews...this recipe is terrific. Combining pasta and sauce saved time assembling. Fresh summer basil (like in the picture) would have been a nice touch to top it off."

Mikkiana57 User ID: 3066832 152732
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2012

"An awesome recipe! Made it for my Weight Watchers diet and it is delicious - only 9 points. Add green beans or a salad to round out the meal."

alzingone User ID: 5785132 161080
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2012

"Every time I make this it gets better. I'm not sure how, but my husband always says, "make it again.""

mom2grlys User ID: 2394516 152728
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I have made this several times. Something I always do is double everything but the cottage cheese and mozzerella cheese. Always turns out wonderful and plenty cheesy for my family. I figure I might as well cook the whole pound of meat and the whole box of noodles, then we have leftovers!"

Dioptase User ID: 1776920 107362
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"Excellent!! I used Turkey Italian Sausage and some Turkey Pepperoni."

Grmacat User ID: 6221315 79961
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"I imagine the homemade sauce described is great, but for time restraints, I actually used a jar of Classico Tomato and Basil sauce. I also combined 1 cup cottage cheese with 2 cups shredded 6-cheese Italian blend (which has Mozzarella & Parmesan in it) I also combined the sauce, meat-onion, and pasta all together before layering it with the cheeses above. Served it with garlic bread and a green salad - it was delicious and not too heavy!"

ValerieMS User ID: 4364700 161054
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Always a big hit at my house! I double the recipe and it all still gets eaten."

Sherri Duran User ID: 1383171 157243
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"I often use this casserole when I need to take dinner to someone. It is always good to find something that is healthy for you. I will often freeze casserole so I can take it out when I do not feed like cooking. Great recipe!"

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 207618
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"Oops. The review I just posted wasn't for this recipe and I'm not sure how to erase it. Ignore my babbling about Thanksgiving turkey!"

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 156602
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"We enjoyed this recipe, although we found it a bit bland. I added cumin, red pepper flakes and coriander to give it a bit more life. All in all, it was a great way to use my leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Thanks for the recipe!"

brownrexx User ID: 1161327 152714
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I think that next time I will mix the sauce and pasta together before layering."

posipati User ID: 6297714 78867
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"What? No garlic?"

McDucky User ID: 4701872 135415
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"Quick and the dditions suggested for a variation I use majorum in fish chowder along with sweet basil so is always on hand that way."

usjanrdms User ID: 5673148 135396
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2011

"Very good recipe. I omitted the salt but never even missed."

howdu User ID: 1170706 154368
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"This was very good. Like another reviewer, I omitted the marjoram since I don't keep it on hand. Instead, I added the Parmesan cheese to the cottage cheese, since fat-free cottage cheese doesn't have much flavor. More tweaks: turkey pepperoni, which I halved and sauteed along with the ground turkey (I used app. 16 slices,halved); garlic added to the meat sauce; basil added to the meat sauce. Using Italian turkey sausage instead of plain ground turkey would also be good. Good recipe--I'll make it again. Weight Watcher pointsplus friendly!"

ljinsocal User ID: 2354728 107350
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"Delicious!! However, I use a jar sauce (Classico Tomato & Basil), instead of the sauce ingredients. Also, I never have marjoram on hand, so I've never used it. My husband and I both love it, and friends for whom I've made it also loved it."

hbaseley User ID: 3311639 156601
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"Great recipe; my whole family loves it. I like that it's easy to prepare, healthy and reheats well."

kat83 User ID: 2934264 157241
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2011


proesner User ID: 102431 107348
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"So yummy! Easier than lasagna and just as good."

tennisbucs User ID: 5110508 135964
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"This is a great recipe! Lasts for days! I used Italian seasoned tomatoes and turkey meat. It gave the dish so much flavor!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 157240
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"I made this for supper and it was delicious. I used lean ground beef instead of the ground turkey. I didn't have cottage cheese, so I substituted ricotta cheese. I will be making this dish to take to a pot luck. Thanks for the great recipe."

momandthree User ID: 5133109 156600
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"Oh so easy! Great flavors and nice and filling."

dhawryliw User ID: 5605601 62253
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"Added more seasoning and half a jar of diced pimiento as well as a layer of turkey pepperoni. Also added some fresh mushrooms into the ground meat near the end of the browning process."

asabot User ID: 620927 138218
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"Very good and nice size servings. I thought it tasted very good, but it wouldn't hurt to go a little heavier on the spices."

DorisSmithsonTemple User ID: 1736649 86218
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"I added minced garlic and can of drained mushrooms to the meat mixture-also increased water to 1/2 cup -next time I make it I will add additional Italian herbs and maybe some sausage to give extra flavor"

grensrud User ID: 4501110 156599
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This was pretty good, I used ground buffalo instead of turkey. Thought it could use a bit more spice, maybe adding some pepperoni or using sausage instead. All in all was good, and was great for using up leftovers and using ingredients I had on hand."

huntinglady User ID: 4759101 72339
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"This recipe was so good. My husband doesn't like Italian recipes much but liked this one. I used 1 1/4 pounds of ground turkey and instead of adding the oregano and marjoram I used one 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano. It's now one of our favorite dishes."

sassiegirl3 User ID: 4617991 135393
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2009

"I tried this recipe and my family is asking for more! It is quick and easy but tastes like you spent a long time in the kitchen. A perfect meal for a cold winter day."

Zeeb User ID: 4603016 157239
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"I used beef with this and had family over and they all loved it. Needed a little more spice though. But thier were no leftovers."

shelbyamay User ID: 4171522 107347
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"I have had mastaccioli with ground beef before. This is a great alternative with less fat! Suited my dietary needs AND was delicious! My 5 year old loved it!"

grammijudi User ID: 4202008 135391
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2009

"Re: Baked Mostaccioli

I loved this recipe. I used gr. beef also. I did use the cottage cheese and it was delicious but next time I will try ricotta. This made a huge amt. and is perfect with french bread and a salad! I will definitely make this again!"

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 135963
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2008

"I was intrigued by this recipe and gave it a shot. Wow, was it good! I admit I used ground beef instead of ground turkey. It's warm and satisfying and makes enough to have it again for lunch the next day. I love it!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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