Southwest Pasta Bake Recipe

This Southwest Pasta Bake was a huge hit with the kids! It was full of flavor and made enough for 2 meals! You could also double the recipe, bake it, and stick it in the freezer for another day or for a friend!

Serves: 6

Southwest Pasta Bake

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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  • 1 pound ground Turkey
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle salsa
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup yellow corn (canned or frozen)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained and use half of can)
  • 1 Tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) box of Penne Pasta (can use whole wheat pasta)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add your ground turkey, garlic, and onion and cook until meat is browned and onions are soft. Drain grease. Then add salsa, tomato paste, and tomato sauce to the meat mixture.
  3. Cook for a 2 minutes then add your spinach, corn, black beans and taco seasoning and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. In a separate pan, cook your pasta per package instructions.
  5. In a 9 x 13 inch pan, add your noodles and meat sauce and mix well.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, sprinkle shredded mozzarella over top of the dish and continue baking for 5 more minutes.



168 cal


6 g


17 g


11 g
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8 Responses to “Southwest Pasta Bake Recipe”

  1. What a great looking recipe! I love that you used a healthier ground turkey versus ground beef. I am thinking that you could easily substitute some canned beans for the meat and make this a meatless dish the whole family will love! Cannot wait to try it!

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