Turkey Pasta Bake
This recipe was sent to us by Michelle Rice, one of our online blogger mums. Her challenge was to cook a family meal using turkey for under £10. Here's what she thought:
Utterly Scrummy
What we thought:
I decided to substitute turkey for our usual meat of choice in a pasta bake. They devoured it then happily asked for seconds. Once they were full and contented I told them that what they had just eaten was in fact Turkey Pasta Bake instead of their usual version. They were all rather shocked, as you can imagine, but are keen to try more turkey recipes. 
  • Serves: 3-4
  • Prep: 10min
  • Cook: 60min
  • Print
Essential Ingredient:
Turkey Mince
2 cups dried pasta

1 Tblsp olive oil

1 pepper, diced (any colour will do)

1 onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, crushed

500g turkey mince

2 Tblsp tomato paste

700g jar tomato passata

2 Tblsp chopped fresh oregano leaves, or 1 - 2 tsp dried oregano

For the rich cheese sauce:

50g butter

2 Tblsp plain flour

750ml milk

1 cup grated mature cheddar cheese

3 free range eggs, lightly beaten

To serve:
Salad or mixed vegetables.
Prepare this dish anytime and reheat with pride – it’s always a winner.
  1. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water. Drain the pasta well and then transfer it to a 12 cup/3 litre capacity ovenproof dish.
  2. Whilst the pasta is boiling, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often, until the onion and pepper have softened.
  3. Add the turkey mince and then brown it, breaking it up as it cooks. This should take about 8 minutes or so. Stir in the tomato paste, passata and fresh or dried oregano. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the sauce for about 10 minutes or until it thickens. Take the sauce off the heat and set aside while you make the cheese sauce.
  4. Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Make bechamel sauce.
  5. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Once the butter is bubbling add the flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute or so. This helps your cheese sauce not to taste floury. Gradually stir in the milk, whisking to avoid lumps. You should end up with a smooth sauce. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes until the sauce boils and thickens. Take the sauce off the heat and stir in the cheese. Let the sauce cool for a few minutes and then whisk in the lightly beaten eggs.
  6. Mix the mince mixture through the pasta in the ovenproof dish. Pour the cheese sauce over the top. Cover the dish with kitchen foil. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes or so until the top is lightly golden. Take it out of the oven and let it stand for 5 minutes then serve.
View other All recipes

Turkey EnchiladasTurkey pinwheel pops and Nutella jar saladLeftover Turkey CurryMini Turkey KievsTurkey MoussakaBaked turkey spring rollsTurkey and Coriander Stir FryThai Turkey Lettuce WrapsTurkey Korma WhirlsTurkey BourguignonTurkey Ham Citrus SaladTurkey Koftas with Cous Cous and TzatzikiChargrilled turkey and nectarine saladTurkey BurgersTurkey Cottage PieTurkey, tomato and pesto open puff pastry tartTurkey CasseroleTurkey and cous cous stuffed marrowsAsian turkey picnic wrapsTurkey stroganoff with soured creamMexican Shredded Turkey MoleSpiced Turkey Burgers with Avocado RelishFruity Turkey KebabsSichuan Pepper Turkey Noodles with Wild GarlicTurkey LasagneQuick turkey kievIndian Spiced MeatballsTurkey KebabsTurkey Conchiglie BologneseRice Crispie TurkeyChinese Turkey with Chillies and BasilPissaladiere with Turkey and Peppadew peppersTurkey salad with honey mustard dressingTurkey Chilli Con CarneItalian Rice with TurkeyLemon Turkey Pappadelle PastaOjo's easy turkey chilliTurkey WellingtonTurkey and Peppadew FrittataTurkey and cheesey courgette meatballsTurkey Ham and Thyme PieMini Muffin Turkey and Red Onion Barbecue PizzaTurkey pie with crushed roast potato toppingSlow Cooker Turkey LasagneTurkey and Ham PieThree Cup TurkeyTurkey and Tomato BakeKids' Turkey CurryTurkey JubileeTomato turkey bakeTurkey Bubble and Squeak PattiesCoronation turkey picnic rollsBarbecue Turkey PizzaTurkey & mediterranean veg pastaTurkey PieTurkey Parcels - Two WaysTurkey and chestnut pilafTurkey Breast Stew with Flageolet BeansSweet and Sour TurkeyQuick and Easy Turkey MeatballsTurkey and Cauliflower BakeTurkey FrittataRed Thai Turkey PizzaMoroccan Turkey Steak with Fresh CorianderTurkey Spaghetti BologneseCouscous with Turkey and Peppadew PeppersTurkey and Broccoli QuicheGreen Thai curry for the slow cookerTurkey with Mushrooms and CranberryHealthy Turkey Caesar SaladTurkey and sage lumiconiTurkey WellingtonTurkey and Leek Meatballs with Tomato TagliatelleDiced Turkey with Chorizo and ChickpeasBaked turkey and stuffing picnic balls with tomato dipping sauceMediterranean Stuffed Turkey ParcelsCheesy Turkey RouladeTurkey Red Pepper BurgersChilli turkey ciabattaTurkey a la KingSweet and sour turkey noodlesTurkey RoastTurkey and Stilton with Apricot and Cranberry Filo ParcelsTurkey Ham and Mushroom Pasta BakeTurkey PithivierTurkey Piri Piri SaladTurkey Pan BagnatTurkey and Apricot BurgersTurkey Stir Fry with Sticky Orange SauceTurkey, banana and apricot burgersJerky TurkeyTurkey, Stuffing and Cranberry PiesTurkey Kebabs with TabboulehLeftover Christmas dinner pizzaTurkey Tortilla WrapsTurkey MeatballsSlow Cooked Turkey PieRoast Turkey MufalettaChristmas PieTurkey FajitasOne Pot Herby Turkey and RiceCaramelised turkey with chinese coleslawTurkey and sweet potato curryTurkey and Bacon Subs with Sweetcorn RelishTurkey Thair curryTurkey skewers with flatbread & cornItalian Mini Turkey BurgersLeftover Turkey and Vegetable CasseroleRigatoni and Turkey MeatballsTurkey and Coconut KormaTurkey, Brie and Cranberry Parcels with Winter SlawMum's Turkey MeatballsTurkey picnic rollsTurkey RisottoTurkey SoupTurkey ChilliTurkey kebabs - Two waysTurkey alla cacciatoreSpring Turkey Pot PiesButternut Squash and Turkey Goulash20 Minute Turkey Stir FryJubilee TurkeyTurkey curry shepherds pieTurkey and Bacon LasagneTurkey Bolognese with Fresh Basil & Mozzarella PearlsLeftover turkey hoisin sauce wrapsTurkey spring rolls with cranberry dipping sauceCheesy Turkey FingersTurkey MeatloafLean BBQ BurgersTurkey CurryWarm mexican turkey saladCrispy Sesame Turkey Salad with Orange Honey DressingChinese Style Turkey Mince Stir FryLemon and pesto gnocchi with turkeyTurkey and pesto french bread pizzaTurkey GoulashTurkey and Peppadew Macaroni CheeseTurkey Asparagus Impossible QuicheThai turkey burgersMoroccan Style Turkey with Ras-El-HanoutMan-Size Turkey Caesar SaladTurkey Thigh Joint with CiderTurkey stir frySticky Sweet Chilli Turkey KebabsThai Style BitesLime Turkey QuesadillasTurkey JambalayaSlow Cooked BBQ Pulled TurkeyTurkey CalzoneThai style turkey saladZingy KievSichuan Turkey Mapo TofuTurkey keftedes, mint sauce and tabboulehTriple Turkey Balls LasagneCitrus Turkey SaladSmokey turkey pizzaRosti Topped Turkey PieJerk turkey pizzaTurkey Soup with Vegetables and Herbs

Add new comment

Choose your star rating:


CLOSE Choose your star rating

CLOSE Send this page to a friend
Your Friend's Name
Your Friend's Email
Your Name
Your email address
Article link
Your message
CLOSE Send me ingredients list
Your Name
Your email address

Welcome to LeanOnTurkey.co.uk

Welcome to the home of great turkey recipes. Lean on turkey gives you some
fantastic recipe ideas whether you want a quick fix weekday favourite or inspiring
meals to tempt your taste buds, it’s all here!