Tex-Mex Turkey Manicotti

Looking for a unique pasta dish that will spice up family dinner? We give turkey manicotti a fun Tex-Mex twist for a pasta meal that will delight everyone in your household. It’s also a great make-ahead dish for parties!

Tex-Mex Turkey Manicotti


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cumin, paprika and oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 (680 mL) jar passata (strained tomatoes), divided
  • 1 cup/8 ounces light ricotta
  • 1/2 cup/2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (8 ounce) package manicotti (14 shells)
  • 1/3 cup/2 1/2 ounces light sour cream
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan set over medium-high heat; cook turkey, red pepper, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper for about 5 minutes or until vegetables have softened.
  2. Stir in 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup passata; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer for about 15 minutes or until no liquid remains. Let cool completely.
  3. Stir in ricotta, 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, and parsley.
  4. Meanwhile, cook manicotti for about 5 minutes or until al dente.
  5. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  6. Pour 1 cup passata into prepared pan; divide filling evenly among manicotti and arrange in pan. Pour remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove foil; bake for about 15 minutes or until filling is heated through and top is golden brown.
  9. Drizzle with sour cream and sprinkle with green onions*.

* Alternatively, garnish with finely chopped black olives or jalapeños.

Yield: 6 servings | Total: 1 hr 30 min

A Pasta Fits original recipe.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: National Pasta Association