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Easy Gluten-Free Baked Pasta with Ground Turkey and Ricotta

Easy Baked Gluten-Free Pasta with Ground Turkey and Ricotta is a simple, cheesy recipe your family will love. This dish has lots of delicious mozzarella cheese, parmesan, creamy ricotta, ground turkey, penne pasta, and Italian herbs. It’s a great family recipe you can get on the table fast!

Bowl of gluten free baked ziti

If you are on a gluten-free diet, you will love this baked ziti with ground turkey recipe. It’s hearty, comforting, and full of delicious flavor! This is the type of recipe you can make on repeat! This is one of our favorite ground turkey gluten-free recipes. Also, this is a crowd pleaser and is perfect for any family dinner!

If you love pasta you might also enjoy Best Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese and Gluten-Free Lasagna with Ground Turkey – Easy Best!

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Recipe Ingredients

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this amazing Gluten Free Baked Ziti

Ingredients for Gluten Free baked Ziti
  • Always follow the directions on the box of pasta, as many gluten-free pastas have different directions.
  • It’s always better to slightly undercook gluten-free pasta than to overcook it. Otherwise, it becomes too mushy and won’t hold its shape as well while baked with the sauce.
  • We also like Barilla Gluten-Free Penne Pasta. I use this gluten-free pasta all the time, and it has a nice texture. My husband, who is not GF, loves it!
  • This Gluten Free Pasta made in Italy holds up well to baking.
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  • Organic Paccheri Pasta – Handmade organic gluten-free noodles created with corn and rice in Tuscany. Organic corn pasta is a healthy pasta, rich in vitamins A and E, and low in cholesterol, sodium, and fat.
  • Gluten-Free Pasta – Rice and corn pasta has a delicate and gentle taste for a gourmet wheat-free pasta and is great for those on gluten-free diets. This pasta is an authentic representation of Italian cuisine, crafted using only the finest, uncomplicated ingredients and utilizing traditional methods that have been passed down for generations in the heart of Italy.
  • Large Tube Pasta Noodles – This Paccheri Pasta, shares similarities with calamarata pasta and is in the shape of a large tube, similar to calamari rings. It provides excellent sauce-holding capabilities and lends an elegant touch to your meals.
  • Versatile Pasta – Our gluten-free organic pasta from Italy can be used in classic Italian dishes and is especially good served al dente with just a touch of olive oil. Paccheri noodles are great stuffed with cheese or topped with cheese, meat, and vegetables.
  • Real Ingredients – We take pride in using only real and natural ingredients in our Italian pasta. It is crafted using high-quality rice and corn flour and provides a rich and authentic flavor that can only be achieved with real ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Gluten-free penne pasta, cooked (or gluten free ziti or rigatoni)
  • olive oil
  • red bell peppers, chopped
  • medium yellow onion, chopped
  • garlic, minced
  • ground turkey
  • tomato sauce
  • dried oregano
  • dried Italian herbs
  • fresh basil
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • ricotta cheese
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • grated parmesan cheese

How To Make Gluten-Free Baked Pasta Casserole – Step by Step

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook the gluten-free pasta according to the directions on the box in a large pot of salted water. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the olive oil, bell peppers, onion, garlic,
    and ground turkey. Stir together and cook until the meat is browned.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, oregano, dried Italian herbs, fresh basil, salt, and pepper. Stir the marinara sauce together, then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Layer half of the cooked pasta into the
    bottom of the baking dish. Then cover that first layer of pasta with half of the ricotta
    cheese. Next, layer half of the meat sauce on top of that. Repeat the layering process
    with the pasta, ricotta, and meat sauce. Then add the mozzarella and parmesan on top
    as the final layer.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes to melt the cheese and flavors together.
  7. Serve with warm, crusty gluten-free garlic bread!


Tips

  • Slightly undercook the pasta as it will keep cooking as the pasta casserole bakes.

Storage and Reheating

Store in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can wrap the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap.

Additions and Substitutions

You can also use gluten-free uncased sausage, ground chicken or ground beef.

Frequently Asked Questions about Gluten-Free Baked Pasta

How can I keep my gluten free pasta bake from getting mushy?

This is a common question. It’s important to slightly undercook your gluten free pasta so it can hold up to baking with the sauce without falling apart. The pasta will continue to cook as it bakes in the casserole dish.

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Gluten Free Baked Turkey Pasta

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Easy Baked Gluten-Free Pasta with Ground Turkey and Ricotta is a simple, cheesy recipe your family will love. This dish has lots of gooey mozzarella, parmesan, ground turkey, penne pasta and Italian herbs. It’s a great family recipe you can get on the table fast! 

  • Author: Sherie Friedlander
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

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  • One box (8oz)/package gluten-free pasta, cooked (I used Banza Rigatoni)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 25 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cook the gluten-free pasta according to the directions on the box. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add the olive oil, bell peppers, onion, garlic,
    and ground turkey. Stir together and cook until the meat is browned.
  4. Add tomato sauce, oregano, fresh basil, dried Italian herbs, salt, and pepper. Stir together, then lower
    the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Layer half of the cooked pasta into the
    bottom of the baking dish. Then cover that first layer of pasta with half of the ricotta
    cheese. Next, layer half of the meat sauce on top of that. Repeat the layering process
    with the pasta, ricotta, and meat sauce. Then add the mozzarella and parmesan on top
    as the final layer.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes to melt the cheese and flavors together.
  7. Serve with warm, crusty bread. GF of course!

Notes

    • Always follow the directions on the box of pasta, as many gluten-free pastas have different directions.

    • It’s always better to slightly undercook gluten-free pasta than to overcook it. Otherwise, it becomes too mushy and won’t hold its shape as well

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