An Easy Easter Make Ahead Meal: Cheesy Turkey Meatball Casserole Using Kraft Fresh take
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As an adult, there are so many things I love about Easter! Daffodils, baby chicks, and colorful pastel eggs; the list goes on! However, there is one thing I do not enjoy doing on Easter, and that is slaving in the kitchen! Thankfully, Kraft Fresh Take Meal Kits will help me to make a delicious Cheesy Turkey Meatball Casserole the night before, so I do not have to stress come Easter Sunday!
Ever since I was a young girl, I can remember painting hard-boiled white eggs with my siblings. It was so much fun dipping the eggs repeatedly into the different colored dyes. My mom always decorated our home with bunnies, and made it such a special time for us. On Easter morning, before church the anticipation of opening our Easter baskets consumed our every being. Then, there was the infamous egg hunt on 3 acres of property. I can’t even begin to tell you how many eggs we still find from years ago tucked away in bushes, and trees!
Flash forward twenty something years, and I am now a mother to three children (7, 4, 1) I love my kids so very much and try my hardest to replicate the traditions I experienced as a child. My home is already decorated; I have my Easter egg kits, baskets, and little trinkets ready to go for my kiddos.
And then time seems to fly by, and the person who *thought* she was prepared is so totally behind! I do such a good at job buying things ahead of time that sometimes I forget where I placed things, outfit staples seem to go missing, and plans suddenly change due to uncooperative weather. Those are just a few things that I am totally going to plan for this upcoming Easter!
A hearty Easter lunch was always a tradition that my mom passed on to me. This year however, she has to work (healthcare field). That means that we will not be visiting her, and instead dining at her home. Therefore, I need to make my own lunch for my kids before we finished visiting relatives.
We all know that holidays can be stressful so this year I want to make a meal that can be made the night before. That is when the idea to make a Cheesy Turkey Meatball Casserole came into play. There is no way I will even have the time to slave over a hot stove come Easter anyhow, so this all works out well!
Rather than having to worry about making bread crumbs, and finding the perfect balance of seasonings for my turkey meatballs.
With flavors like Southwest 3-Cheese, and even Cheddar Jack w/ Bacon; there is sure to be a flavor to suit your taste buds. Best of all, we found ours in the refrigerated cheese section of Walmart for under $2–a steal!
Our meal took about 15 minutes to prepare, and 30 minutes to bake! It was so good, and even had my picky eaters requesting seconds! “Score” for me! I am so thankful my entire family enjoyed this Cheesy Turkey Meatball Casserole because it most certainly will be served up hot come 12pm on Easter!
Want to save time on Easter and try this make ahead meal?
- 1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey meat
- 1 egg
- 1 package of Kraft Fresh Take Italian Parmesan
- salt, pepper, and Italian spice for taste
- 1lb of Pasta Shells
- 16 oz. container of ricotta cheese
- 16 oz. container of cottage cheese
- 1 cup Italian cheese blend
- 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
Boil your pasta shells until al dente.
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl add your turkey meat, Kraft Fresh Take Italian Parmesan, and egg
Bake for 22 minutes on 350 degrees
Once pasta is done, drain, and add it to a large mixing bowl with your cottage, and ricotta cheese, add spices, a and mix thoroughly
Add mixture to a large 9 x 12 casserole dish.
Spread 3/4 of the pasta sauce over the top
Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over the top of the lightly sauced meatballs