Monday, February 21, 2011

Healthy Hamburger Helper

     This is a tried-and-true recipe; it is my go-to recipe when I want something filling, quick, and cheap.  And delicious, of course. It's basically a deconstructed lasagna with half of the work! 

     The recipe makes six servings so it's great for a large family!  It also freezes well--I am in the midst of packing and moving so I doubled the recipe this time and put half of it in the freezer.  I will appreciate it once again when all of my pots and pans are packed up!

     This post is linked to:
      1) Foodie Wednesday blog hop hosted @ Daily Organized Chaos.
      2) Tuesdays at the Table hosted @ All the Small Stuff. 

Healthy Hamburger Helper
Adapted from Skillet Lasagna Recipe at

Makes 6 servings, 1 1/2 cups each


2 1/2 cups whole wheat rotini pasta or macaroni
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes, no salt added
8 oz tomato sauce, no salt added
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano,crushed or ground
1 tsp coarse Kosher salt
1 cup fat free cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated fat free Parmesan cheese
1 egg
additional salt to taste
pepper to taste


1) Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Cook the pasta as directed on the box. Drain and set aside.

2) Brown the ground turkey, onion, and garlic in a large sauce pan with high sides.  Add the diced tomatoes and the tomato sauce.  Mix well and heat through.

3) Add the parsely, basil, oregano, and salt.

4) Mix the cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, and egg together in a bowl.  Add to the meat mixture.  mix thoroughly and heat through, until the cheeses are melt-y.  The cheese won't melt completely.

5) Add additional salt and the pepper to taste. 

Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories: 336.5, Total Fat: 7.6g, Cholesterol: 86.9mg, Sodium: 560.5mg, Carbs: 33.3g, Fiber: 10.5g, Protein: 27.2g


  1. Great recipe! "stumbled" you!

    Have a great night!


  2. That is not one of the best looking dishes, but I bet it's absolutely delicious. I have few like that on my recipe list and they are my kids favorite.

    Thank you for linking up to Foodie Wednesday