Saturday, 16 March 2013

Quattro Formaggi Turkey Linguini!

I love finding ways to have meals premade for Jack in the freezer so he isn't always eating a variation of "cold plate" when I don't have time to put something together. That is why I'm totally digging this Four Cheese Turkey Linguini concoction I came up with. It is very similar to the clean eating baked ziti recipe we made for him a couple months ago. Except instead of making the sauce I used a jar variety by PC called Quattro Formaggi, making Jack feel fancy haha.

I enjoyed making this because it was quick and it wasn't filled with unnecessary ingredients (Props to PC for their reasonable ingredient list) BUT still had great nutritional value and taste!

Quattro Formaggi Turkey Linguini
makes 12 baby servings - freezes perfectly!

1 jar of PC Quattro Formaggi pasta sauce
1 lb extra lean ground turkey
1 large grated carrot
1/2 cup grated mozza
Barilla Linguini

Lets make it!
Cook your ground turkey in a pan, carefully breaking it into small pieces as it cooks up. I don't know about your kid, but mine will detect a lump of turkey and promptly remove it from his mouth in whatever way possible including spiting out a huge mouthful of pasta for one oversized lump of ground turkey. Yuck. Once cooked, rinse in a colander and set aside.

Next onto the quick and easy sauce. Combine your grated carrot, cheese and sauce in the same pan and heat. I did this to give the carrot a chance to blend into the sauce and melt the cheese. So you can take as much or as little time you need to do that step. Boil water and cook your pasta. Of course you don't need to use linguini - but I do recommend Barilla. This pasta is a wonderful thing. I overcook it (usually 2-3 minutes longer than the box says) when I make it for Jack but it reheats from frozen really well and not all super mushy.

Drain pasta, then combine turkey, sauce and pasta.  I used my spatula to chop the cooked pasta up into manageable pieces for Jack.

He loves it so much it is I think his new fav food! And why do I love it? Because I know he's getting a great protein, veggies and cheese.  With frozen portions ready to go it is a snap to get ready for him :) Definitely give this one a try - your little one is bound to love it! And because it freezes so well I'm sure you will love the convince of premade lunches!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying another post about our pasta fancy pants Happily Hectic Household!

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