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    Lighter Fare Turkey Pesto Casserole

    Lighter Fare Turkey Pesto Casserole. Photo by loof

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    45 mins

    15 mins

    30 mins

    Cookworm's Note:

    My previous casserole recipe for this was way to high on the calorie count and fat count for my new way of eating (lifetime diet as it were). So I've revised for this lighter version which I think brings out the pesto flavor so much more. (Side note: I used leftover turkey from the freezer and because it turned out rather dry last time, this time I threw it a pot of boiling water for about 5 minutes and drained before I layered it into the casserole).

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. 2
      Cook egg noodles according to package directions.
    3. 3
      Chop turkey meat to small cubes.
    4. 4
      Layer casserole as follows:.
    5. 5
      1/2 of the egg noodles on the bottom.
    6. 6
      All of the turkey meat.
    7. 7
      Spread the ricotta over this carefully.
    8. 8
      Dollop or spread the pesto over the ricotta next.
    9. 9
      1/2 the fresh chopped parsley sprinkled over next.
    10. 10
      The other 1/2 of the egg noodles.
    11. 11
      All of the grated cheese.
    12. 12
      Lay the tomato rings out evenly over the top.
    13. 13
      Sprinkle with the remaining parsley.
    14. 14
      Generously dust with paprika for a nice crusty top.
    15. 15
      Place dish in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.
    16. 16
      Serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 26, 2012

      55

      This was really good! Filling and rich tasting, it didn't taste like a "lite" casserole. I used sauteed ground turkey for the meat and did include the optional tomato slices. Served this with sauteed broccoli and red bell pepper and it was a good combination; I was thinking while I ate that if I wanted to make this a meatless dish I would just use those veggies instead of the turkey. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Made for Fall PAC 2012

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    • on April 17, 2008

      35

      This was a good, basic dish. I put it together the night before, so all I had to do the next day was pop it in the oven. To pump up the flavor I would add some salt and pepper and increase the pesto. I would also increase the meat by another cup and decrease the pasta by 1/2 cup (but I guess that depends on whether your feeding carnivores or starch-aholics).

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    • on April 06, 2008

      55

      Wow, this was good! I used cooked, cubed chicken breasts since I have no leftover turkey. We were really impressed... I think next time I might use just a touch more pesto, but that's about the only change I would make to this quick and easy recipe.

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    Nutritional Facts for Lighter Fare Turkey Pesto Casserole

    Serving Size: 1 (163 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 214.3
     
    Calories from Fat 70
    32%
    Total Fat 7.8 g
    12%
    Saturated Fat 4.4 g
    22%
    Cholesterol 40.5 mg
    13%
    Sodium 281.9 mg
    11%
    Total Carbohydrate 18.1 g
    6%
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    5%
    Sugars 0.8 g
    3%
    Protein 17.5 g
    35%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    turkey meat

    pesto sauce

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