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Light ground turkey pasta bake – Pastitsio

  • Nuts Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to nuts.


For the ground turkey

  • Place a pot over high heat and add the olive oil.
  • Add the onion, the carrot, the pepper and the garlic finely chopped, the cumin, and sauté for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, and sauté for 1-2 minutes until the meat is golden brown.
  • Add the tomato paste and sauté. Add the canned tomatoes, the parsley finely chopped, and stir.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat. Remove and set aside.

For the bechamel sauce

  • Place a pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. 
  • Add the flour and whisk well until the whole flour is absorbed.
  • Add the milk in batches by whisking constantly until it thickens and comes to a boil. Add the nutmeg, pepper, salt, and mix.
  • Turn off the heat and add the yolk, the cheese, and whisk until the cheese melts. 

For the pasta

  • In a pot with salted boiling water, add the bucatini. Boil for 2 minutes less than the packet’s instructions.
  • Remove from the heat and drain.

To assemble

  • Preheat the oven to 180ο C (350ο F) set to fan.
  • Add the pasta into a 25x35 cm ovenproof baking dish. Add 100 g of the cheese, pepper, the parsley finely chopped, the egg and the egg white beaten, and mix well with a serving spoon.
  • Add a ladleful of the bechamel sauce into the ground turkey and mix. Spread the meat on top of the pasta. Make sure to cover the whole surface of the bucatini with the ground turkey.
  • Spread the whole bechamel sauce over the ground turkey, add 50 g cheese, and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden.
  • Serve with parsley.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
28 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
34 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
33 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
18 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
12 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
70 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
28 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
32 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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