Turkey Macaroni & Cheese

Everyone has their own ‘comfort food’ and I know for many it’s good old macaroni and cheese. Here’s a recipe of the classic favorite that’s been updated to incorporate some lean protein and tastes way better than what comes out of a box.

Turkey Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 or 10 oz) of Whole Wheat Elbow/Macaroni pasta
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. Ground Turkey (or chicken)
  • 1 cup chopped Bell Peppers
  • 1 large can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp dried Basil
  • 1 tbsp ground Cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 cup Cottage Cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat Cheddar Cheese

Preparation

  1. Heat the oven to 350.
  2. Cook the macaroni and drain. Set aside.
  3. Saute onion in olive oil over medium high until translucent, about 3 – 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Add peppers, ground turkey (or chicken), basil, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until turkey is cooked through.
  5. Remove from heat and the tomatoes and cottage cheese.
  6. Combine the macaroni and the mixture and spread in a baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle the top with the cheddar cheese and bake, uncovered, for approximately 20 minutes.
Cathy Norris

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, fitness model Cathy Norris is a registered social worker with the government of Alberta and promotional rep for ALLMAX Nutrition.

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