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Apple Mac and Cheese on Produce Made SimpleImprove your focus and sense of calm while indulging in a healthy rendition of a classic comfort food. This Ontario apple mac and cheese bake incorporates turkey, ricotta cheese and whole grain pasta to create a healthy medley of brain boosting foods.

4-6 servings

Ontario Apple Mac & Cheese Bake
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  • 3/4 lb (350 g) lean ground turkey (approximately one small package)
  • 6 tbsp (90 mL) extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) sweet red onion, minced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cayenne pepper (optional)
  • pinch of salt & black pepper
  • 2 cups (500 mL) whole wheat or spelt macaroni noodles
  • 2 large, sweet Ontario red apples, cored and cubed
  • Sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) powdered mustard
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) skim milk
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) light ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (250 mL) shredded aged white cheddar
  • pinch of salt
  • Crust
  • 1 cup (250 mL) ground cornmeal


  1. Before you begin: Preheat oven on Broil at 400°F (200°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine ground turkey with 2 tbsp (30 mL) of olive oil, onion, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick skillet on medium to high heat and add turkey mixture. Cook until turkey is completely browned, cover and remove from heat.
  3. Bring 4 cups (1 L) of salted water to boil, add macaroni. Cook as per directions on the package.
  4. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine mustard, cayenne, milk, ricotta, cheddar cheese and salt.
  5. Strain cooked macaroni and pour into a 9 x 13 inch (22.5 x 32.5 cm) baking dish. Mix in cooked turkey and apples. Pour sauce over the entire pasta mixture, followed by a drizzling of 4 tbsp (60 mL) of olive oil. Sprinkle evenly and generously with cornmeal. Broil for 15 minutes or until top is crisp and golden brown.


Chef Tip: Garnish with fresh parsley. To reheat in oven add 1/2 tbsp (7 mL) of skim milk per serving to moisten.

Variety Tip: For best results, use Ontario Empire, Gala, or Cortland apples.

Per Serving (1/6 recipe): 559 calories, 27 g fat, 8 g saturated fat, 65 mg cholesterol, 266 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrates, 9 g fibre, 26 g protein. % RDI: 22% calcium, 15% iron, 2% vitamin A, 8% vitamin C.

This recipe is kindly provided by our featured member, Ontario Apple Growers.