Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fergie's Baked Ziti


This pasta dish will make everyone's head spin!  It was the most hearty and tasty pasta dish I think I have every made... so many layer of texture and flavors!  I cannot 
wait for you guys to try this! 

1 lb Ziti, Cooked and Drained
1 lb Ground Turkey 
1 Whole Onion, Diced
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to Taste
1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1 Container Sliced Mushrooms 
1 Jar of Your Favorite Pasta 
1/2 Pound Shredded  Mozzarella 
8 Cups Swiss Chard, Spinach, Kale or Beet Greens 
1/2 Stick Butter
1/2 Cup Flour 
2 Cups Milk
1/2 Cup Parmesan 


Cook the pasta according to box instructions... drain and set aside... 


Diced the onions... 


Heat the pan, add the olive oil and the onions... 


Add the Ground Turkey... 





Add salt & pepper to taste... 



Brown the turkey and add the mushrooms ... Set the meat mixture aside... 


To make the white cheese sauce melt the butter... add the flour ... 


Stir continuously for about 1-2 minutes... 


Add the milk and whisk... 


I love fresh parm!!! 



Remove from heat and add the parmesan cheese... 


Whisk until smooth and thick sauce develops... 


In a large bowl combine the noodles and sauce... 


Add the meat mixture... 



I used Swiss Chard in this recipe... 


I cut out stem piece and slice into long thin pieces.... 


Combine the swiss chard and cheese to the noodles and meat... 


Allow to rest for the flavors to marry... 


Add to a sprayed casserole... 


Sprinkle with the remaining cheese... 


Add the white sauce... 


Spread over the top ... 


Make a foil tent... Bake for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven... 




I mean really???  Look at this!!! 








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