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Gluten-free Baked Penne in Under an Hour

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Angela Marinelli - Nourishment Connection


  • 3 cups pasta sauce
  • 1/2 lb whole grain penne or tube pasta rice pasta works great for a gluten-free option
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey or chicken white meat
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 of a small yellow onion 1/4 of a large one, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup low fat or dairy-free mozzarella cheese



  • Chop onion and garlic.


  • Heat a large fry pan on medium to medium high heat with the olive oil.
  • Add the onion, parsley, basil, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the ground meat and salt. Keep turning and breaking up the meat with a spatula as it cooks.
  • Once your meat is cooked, and has started to brown in the pan along with the onions, add your 3 cups of sauce. Scrape up the brown bits into the sauce. Let the sauce come to a simmer. Taste and adjust your seasoning as needed.
  • Add your 1/2 lb of pasta. Mix well.
  • Remove from heat.


  • Transfer all ingredients to an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish.
  • Top with shredded cheese.
  • Cover with foil (tent so the cheese doesn't stick).
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until pasta is cooked and hot. Remove from heat and let set for 5 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Copyright: Angela Marinelli, M.S., M.Ed., Nourishment Connection 2017