Cookbook Challenge: Spaghetti, Turkey & Spinach Casserole

A few weeks ago, I started the Cookbook Challenge.

I haven't really given you an update on how it's been going!

I haven't really been keeping up with the once a week thing, but I have been trying to use my cookbooks more. I actually made a recipe from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that wasn't so great, so I ended up rewriting it...that recipe to come!

Meanwhile, this past week, I decided to make a dish from The Deen Bros. Y'all Come Eat. I really love this book. It's comfort food with a twist and decidedly much less unhealthy that the Queen Deen herself. I actually found a few recipes from this book that I can't wait to try. Not to mention that I actually own a signed copy, a gift from right before Shaun and I were married.


I had wanted to find a recipe that would make a large dish that would last for a number of days. What can I say? Sometimes I'm just lazy like that. When I found the recipe for Mama's Spaghetti Casserole, I knew I found something delicious that I could healthify and keep us fed for a few days time.


With my healthy edits, this recipe is only 7 Pts+ per serving!

Spaghetti, Turkey & Spinach Casserole
*Adapted from the Deen Bros. Y'all Come Eat
Makes 8 servings; 7 pts+ per serving

1 lb. uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
1 lb. ground turkey
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
1 26 oz. jar tomato sauce, kind of your choice
1/2 C Parmesan cheese, grated
1 C reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded

Prepare the spaghetti according to package directions.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground turkey in a skillet set over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Break up the meat as it cooks.

Drain and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Stir in the spinach and Parmesean. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain and add to bowl. Pour in tomato sauce and mix well, but gently, with a rubber spatula. Pour into a baking dish that has been greased with cooking spray. Bake for about 20 - 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the edges are browned. Cut into squares and serve!


We really enjoyed this dish. You can even made some extra sauce on the side for serving. I didn't think it necessarily needed it, but I can never really get enough sauce!

Questions of the Day:

Have you tackled any cookbook challenges lately?

What's the last thing you made?


for more Cookbook Challenge recipes, check out my Pork Tenderloin with Apple Chutney.


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