It's in the Recipe: Mom's Favorite

Growing up my mom made the most delicious lasagna, it was so tasty that I almost always asked for it whenever she needed dinner suggestions. I adored it so much that she frequently made that beloved dinner as a warm way to comfort me. Comfort food then became my all time favorite. I mean look at the name “comfort food”, it even sounds loving. Almost as if it’s going to wrap it’s warm arms around you and envelop you in a warm fuzzy hug.

Fast forward to present time, I have my own family now who I enjoy sharing my own version of loving comfort food with. I wanted my meals to be so easy that practically anyone could make them, but savory and satisfying enough to make you believe that you’re a chef. I was on a quest to find something a little easier for my toddlers to enjoy on their own (without getting too messy). So I decided to put a spin on my mother’s famous lasagna by creating this palate pleasing Pesto Marinara Pasta!

Sure to be a crowd pleaser, Pesto Marinara Pasta takes everything you love about lasagna and delivers a flavorful punch with a twist! Rotini pasta, Marinara sauce, pesto, and just a bit of cheese makes for a wonderful dinner that even young kids will enjoy. Simple and savory with a pasta that’s small enough for both little hands and mouths! This meal has become one of my family favorites, so to me sharing it is like sharing a little warm loving piece of my family. 

 

 Ready in  40  Minutes / Serves  8  People

Ready in 40 Minutes / Serves 8 People

Ingredients

  •   2 cups Rotini pasta
  •  1 1⁄2 pounds of Ground Turkey

  •   2 tbsp olive oil

  •  1⁄2 cup diced white onions

  •   1⁄2 cup diced bell peppers

  •   1⁄2 cup roughly chopped baby Bella mushrooms

  •   2 tsp minced garlic

  •  1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  •   1⁄2 tsp sea salt

  •  2 tsp Italian seasoning

  •   2 tbsp pesto

  •  1( 24 oz) jar of marinara

  •   3⁄4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  •  3⁄4 cup sharp cheddar cheese 

Preparation

  1. Bring 8 cups of salted water to a rolling boil, add 2 cups of rotini pasta.
  2. Heat olive oil is saucepan, add onion, bell pepper, mushroom, and garlic sauté until vegetables are slightly softened
  3. Brown ground turkey to saucepan with vegetables.
  4. Add marinara, black pepper, sea salt, Italian seasoning, and pesto to the meat and vegetable mixture . Simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  5. Combine drained pasta, meat sauce, and half of both the mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheeses in a small casserole dish mix thoroughly. Use remaining cheese to to top pasta dish
  6.  Bake casserole at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbly around the edges. 

Tips

When cooking pasta, be sure to add salt to the water and bring to a rolling boil before adding pasta. Promptly remove pasta when done boiling to ensure that pasta does not over cook. 

 Shelby Huguley is Detroit raised but southern born ( Atlanta to be more specific). Mother of two vibrant little kiddo whom I adore! Home based baker (@shellssweeteats instagram). Lover of food and all things creative.  “Blogging for me is a creative outlet, being able to get ideas and thoughts out frees up space for more creativity to flourish.” 

Shelby Huguley is Detroit raised but southern born ( Atlanta to be more specific). Mother of two vibrant little kiddo whom I adore! Home based baker (@shellssweeteats instagram). Lover of food and all things creative.

“Blogging for me is a creative outlet, being able to get ideas and thoughts out frees up space for more creativity to flourish.”