Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs

With the holidays fast approaching, a delicious and filling Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs is the perfect recipe.

Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs
This post has been sponsored by Barilla and Galbani

Raise your hand if you're ready for the holidays


It's okay.  I'm not 100% ready BUT I am there mentally and am feeling the excitement.  Of course, here in Phoenix, we are typically a little late to the party because of our weather being so sunny (totally bragging... just kidding. Maybe not...).  

However, who isn't ready for the food that comes along with the holidays? It's the best part of it and I don't JUST mean the eating of it.  There's nothing better than enjoying good food with friends and family.  Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving with family, work potlucks, and all the other opportunities to just relax, chat and enjoy each other's company while enjoying a good meal.  

Food is at the center of all the laughter and memories being created.

Close up of Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs

This recipe for baked mostaccioli with turkey ricotta meatballs is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck, family get together or just to share the warmth and love of the season. 

Barilla traditional pasta sauce, barilla mostaccioli pasta, galbani mozzarella, galbani ricotta

Using Barilla mostaccioli pasta and traditional pasta sauce along with Galbani ricotta and mozzarella cheeses- this dish is just perfect for a chilly fall or winter evening.  What I love about Barilla and Galbani's products are that they are always great quality and I know that what I make will turn out perfectly.  Galbani's cheese products are #1 in Italy.  I love their ricotta.  It's so creamy and versatile- pancakes, desserts, savory dishes and more.  I also use the shredding mozzarella so I can control the size of my shreds because it has a firmer texture.   I was able to find both Barilla and Galbani at my local Walmart!  Plus, use the Ibotta app and earn $2 when you purchase Barilla Pasta/Sauce and Galbani Cheese.

Let's get to the food! 

This is SO easy and can be done ahead of time.  I made the meatballs on Saturday night (they can be frozen for later use) and assembled the rest of the dish Monday night and had dinner ready in less than an hour.  

The meatballs are absolutely amazing.  I love using ground turkey for a leaner option but it can easily become dry.  By using ricotta, the meatballs become moist and even more flavorful.  It took me a bit of experimentation to get the recipe and texture right and I am really happy with the final outcome. 

Close up of turkey ricotta meatball and mostaccioli and sauce

The rest of the dish comes together in a snap.  Easy and without complicated ingredients are my jam!

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Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs
Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs recipe makes for a filling fall or winter meal. The turkey meatballs feature ricotta for moist and flavorful meatballs. This meal comes together in a snap!
  • 1 pound Ground turkey
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 cup Ricotta
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 16 ounce box Mostaccioli (cooked per instructions)
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) Traditional Red Pasta Sauce
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella
For the Meatballs: (Preheat oven to 375 degrees F) 1. Add all the ingredients through the Italian seasoning together in a large mixing bowl. 2. Mix until well combined. 3. Rolls into 1/2 inch meatballs. 4. Place meatballs on cookie sheet and bake 20 minutes. For Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F 2. In a 9x13 baking dish, layer the bottom with cooked mostaccioli, layer spinach, pour jar of pasta sauce, layer meatballs, top with mozzarella cheese and cover with foil. 3. Bake for 15-20 minutes (until cheese is browned and bubbly. 4. Enjoy
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 servings

Plated Baked Mostaccioli with Turkey Ricotta Meatballs

Pair with a side salad and dinner is done!

What are your favorite holiday potluck dishes? 

Need more Holiday Pairing Inspiration? Head to the Holiday Pairing Website

Don't forget to head to Walmart, grab Barilla pasta, Barilla pasta sauce, and Galbani cheese and earn $2 with Ibotta

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