Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Whole Wheat Pasta Pie

Posted by 8 years ago 50 Comments

I can’t believe I pulled it off!! A few weeks ago I saw this awesome post on Noble Pig with a recipe for Pasta Pie and I knew immediately had to make it. Of course I couldn’t leave it alone, I HAD to give it my own spin. What can I say? it’s a disease. Whole Wheat Pasta Pie

As for the family, they LOVED IT and so did I! The toddler was completely interested in the entire process. Here he is stealing piece of zucchini from the cutting board. Look at that expression, I love it!

When we sat down to eat he was at first, a little intimidated by the pie piece but once I showed him how to eat he went to the town. Even the husband had nothing but good things to say. I was shocked! Although he thinks it would be better with my sauce. Ok, how can I argue with that? :)

My strategy was simple… reduce, replace and add some veggies. It’s what I always do! Whole Wheat Pasta Pie

  • 12 oz whole wheat rigatoni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 oz extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 gloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried basil (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz fancy shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
  • dried parsley

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta until just done. Shave off 1-2 minutes from the time given on the box. I cooked mine for 10.

While preparing the pasta you’ll be making the sauce. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the turkey with the olive oil, onion and garlic. Add the zucchini and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.

Whole Wheat Pasta Pie - Brown turkeyWhole Wheat Pasta Pie - Add sauce

By this time your pasta should be ready. Drain, rinse with cold water and put back in the pot. Add 1/4 cup of the crushed tomatoes and stir to coat the pasta. Set aside.

Add the remaining crushed tomatoes to the skillet. Stir and add the tsp of basil. It should boil fairly quickly. Lower to a simmer.

Returning to the pasta, add the 1/2 of Parmesan cheese and stir to coat.

Whole Wheat Pasta Pie - In pan

Spray a 9-inch springform pan with non-stick cooking spray. Begin to place the pasta upright in the pan. It will be a little touch and go for a bit but you’ll get the hang of it. I started with the perimeter and worked my way to the center. It took me about 10 minutes. Don’t worry some will be taller and shorter. Some will even have a bend. It will all work out once you are finished.

Top the pasta with the meat sauce. Now, I do NOT have patience to make sure there is meat and sauce in every tube. I just banged the pan a few time allowing things to setting and then added some more sauce until all but about a cup or so was on left in the skillet.

Whole Wheat Pasta Pie - top with sauceWhole Wheat Pasta Pie - top with sauce 2

Bake in the preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove and top with the mozzarella. Sprinkle a bit of parsley on top. Return to the oven for 10 more minutes.

Whole Wheat Pasta Pie - add cheeseWhole Wheat Pasta Pie - done baking

Remove and let sit for at least 5 minutes. Run a butter knife around the edge. Release the spring form and viola!

Add a splash of water to the remaining sauce in the skillet to serve on the side in case anyone wants a little extra.

Whole Wheat Pasta Pie - doneWhole Wheat Pasta Pie - there it is!

Now, for the nutritional information. I reduced the amount of pasta, cheese and meat from the original recipe, yet used the same size pan. Using the ingredients originally posted on Noble Pig and using the same number or portions for each recipe (6), I reduced everything but fiber, that I increased. :) Here is a little side by side from Nutrition Data. Remember these are just estimates.

Whole Wheat Pasta Pie - Original Nutritional informationWhole Wheat Pasta Pie - Updated Nutritional Information

See other recipes using: ground turkey, mozzarella, olive oil, Parmesan Cheese, pasta

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?

    April 23, 2009

    Thank you! This is amazing-looking, and I'm sure its delicious!


    April 23, 2009

    that sounds good, I so need to get back into making some of your recipes Roni now that summer is around the corner...thanks for the recipes! :)


    April 23, 2009

    Oh my! That's a work of edible art. I bet it takes some patience to stand all of those noodles up. I'd love to make this for company sometime. Your son is so cute. :)


    April 23, 2009

    wow Roni, this looks sooo good. Not sure i have the patience to make sure all those noodles stand up right. i give you credit!!


    April 23, 2009

    I actually said "Cooooooool!" out loud when I saw the pictures!


    April 23, 2009

    Yours looks waaaaay better than the noble pig version. ;o)


    April 23, 2009

    how many servings? looks soooo yummy! gotta try it! :o0


    April 24, 2009

    This looks REALLY good! At first i thought it was spaghetti and i was wondering how it was all standing up straight! lol


    April 24, 2009

    Yum. Any thoughts on how to make this vegetarian? Obviously, I'll leave out the turkey... Worth adding extra veggies? Any protein ideas? I think standing up all the pasta is exactly the sort of obsessive thing I'd be great at! Thanks for all the ideas.


    April 24, 2009

    Looks amazing Roni -- and like a fun Sunday dinner/hostess meal!


    April 24, 2009

    rebekah - Woops! FOrgot to mention.. 6 servings. :) Pretty big to!


    April 24, 2009 I have to say...I am sooooo impressed!!! I have been looking for an alternative to Lasagna(love lasagna) and I think this will satisfy my cravings!!! Once again you amaze me!!


    April 24, 2009

    Look at how much LESS FAT your version has! This looks great! I'm making it tonight!


    April 24, 2009

    What brand of whole wheat rigatoni did you use? All I can usually find is penne but that wouldn't work very well. I'm going to have to try this, and the "lo-mein" too!


    April 24, 2009

    this is an amazing presentation... food and art at its best! thanks, roni, for the healthier version; can't wait to it.

    Diva on a Diet

    April 24, 2009

    That looks yum-o! Did it take forever to get all those noodles to stand upright? I haven't been cooking at all lately and must get back into it!


    April 24, 2009

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!


    April 24, 2009

    So freakin' cool! LOVE this. (and the toddler looks soooo much like your husband, but with blonde hair. :o)


    April 24, 2009

    I'm so making this next week, it looks great!

    Krista S.

    April 24, 2009

    Holy crap that looks good!

    Michele Dochat

    April 24, 2009

    OMG! I have to make this over the weekend. My family will love it! It looks so fun too!


    April 24, 2009

    That looks awesome, Roni! I'm totally making it this weekend! Can't wait!


    April 24, 2009

    Looks like another winner!


    April 24, 2009

    Must use RIGATONI for desired effect! I tried using penne rigate (I had it on hand) Who would have thought a slant end would be such a pain! lol! I thought it would look cool, but in the end I had to admit defeat. They wouldn't stay upright. I just threw it into a baking dish and went from there. It was still delicious! (just not as cool looking!)


    April 24, 2009

    LOL I should have warned you! Glad it tasted good though! :)


    April 25, 2009

    I simply cannot wait to try it! I'm sad I don't have the rigatoni or parmesean in my pantry, or I'd do it tonight! Wow.


    April 25, 2009

    Hi Roni ~ I made this for dinner tonight and it was delish! The whole family loved it!!! The only problem was that my springform pan was larger than yours and there wasn't enough pasta to completely fill it, so it kind of fell apart when I cut it. I'll cook more pasta next time - or get a smaller pan! :) I do have one question. In the list of ingredients at the beginning of your recipe, you have 1 tsp. of dried basil and later on when you're describing what to do, it says to add the tbsp of basil. Should it be a tsp or a tbsp? I ended up using a tbsp and it tasted great. Thanks again for another great recipe! ~Sandy


    April 26, 2009

    I used a tsp but hey! A tbsp works! As for the pan. SO Sorry! I'll have to measure mine and put that up there. I didn't realize there were sizes! I thought they were all pretty standard!


    April 26, 2009

    that is SO NEAT! i love the stood up pasta!


    April 26, 2009

    This looks very good! I might have overread it, but how many points per serving do you have to count? I estimate about 7-8? Lots of love! Nina


    April 26, 2009

    I love spaghetti pie!! I have only ever made it with linguine shaped pasta, so setting up the rigatoni in that really neat formation really intrigues me!! Great idea Roni!!!


    April 26, 2009

    Yup! It's 8! I forgot to list it. :)

    Lauren P

    April 27, 2009

    Where did you find whole wheat rigatoni? What brand? I haven't been able to find that one yet.


    April 27, 2009

    Hi Lauren! Do you have Giants around you? Their own brand, umm Natures Promise is what I used. Also my fav brand has a good rigatoni... bionaturae Organic Whole Wheat Rigatoni


    April 29, 2009

    that looks pretty fun, but i don't know if i'd have the patience :)


    April 30, 2009

    Love this idea, I have it all prepared to go in the oven right now. But for the brand pasta I used I should of used all 16oz bag to fill MY pan. How many servings is this for the 8 points?


    April 30, 2009

    Ok I entered it in the WW Recipe builder, if made as is and served: 6 Slices it is 8 points per serving. Or 8 slices it is 6 points per serving. It was delish and my family loved it as they always do with your recipes!~


    May 8, 2009

    My mouth literally started watering the second I laid on that. I know what I'm making the boyfriend for a special dinner this weekend! Thanks for your spin on it--I'm sure it will be just as delicious as the original and even more guilt free!


    May 15, 2009

    I just decided that this will be tomorrows dinner.. I cannot wait to try it out! =P


    May 17, 2009

    I made this last night and it was REALLY good and the presentation was even better.. Thanks again for all the awesome recipes Roni! Im always making something from GreenLiteBites =]


    May 19, 2009

    Do you have to use a spring form pan for this? I don't have one. Can I use a pie dish or something like that? This looks great and I want to make it but don't want to have to buy a pan to do it! Thanks!


    May 22, 2009

    Lisa.... You can use a round cake pan but you'll loose the effect of seeing it stand on it own. Other then that it would taste the same.

    Connie Hunt

    July 5, 2009

    Hi there! This recipe looks SOOOOO good. Where do you find "whole wheat" rigatoni? I have looked in soooo many different places without any success, so thought I'd ask you. Please let me know. Thanks in advance.


    July 5, 2009

    Hi Connie! Do you have Giants around you? Their own brand, Natures Promise is what I used. Also my fav brand has a good rigatoni... bionaturae Organic Whole Wheat Rigatoni


    July 9, 2009

    This. looks. amazing. And I just bought springform pans a few weeks ago :)


    October 5, 2009

    Hi Roni! My name is Gretel and I was up very very late tonight looking for a fun healthy and delicious idea for breakfast and I came upon your site, the name captured me! I have to say Im trying two of your recipes today and I cant WAIT to taste them, the pizza egg looks so fun and yummy. The lettuce tacos look AMAZING as well and this is going to be made sometime this week!!! It's so hard to find good healthy recipes that arent loaded with tons of fat or excess calories. Your blogging is just delightful to read and your personality really shines through. Your adorable child and the fact that these are kid ,and hubby, friendly just adds to the appeal! Thank you so much you've officially become my number one site for meal ideas! PS. Hope you dont mind, I posted your site on my facebook account to let all my friends know about you!!!


    November 5, 2009

    Just gorgeous!


    November 15, 2010

    YUM! I finally made this and I will do it again!


    December 5, 2010

    PointsPlus (new WW points) = 11. Can't wait to try it!

    Lillian @ My Recipe Journey

    February 6, 2013

    I have my pasta pie cooking right now! I can't wait to see how it turns out! I saw it on the Noble Pig site too! I'm glad to see it worked out for you! I hope I have the same luck!