Cook your noodles per package directions. Make sure and save 2 Tablespoons of the water from the cooked noodles before you drain them.
While the noodles are cooking prepare your bell peppers, onion, carrots, and garlic. On Medium heat sauté the bell peppers and onions with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. For about 5-10 minutes. After they soften just a little bit add in the grated carrots and continue sautéing for 5 more minutes. Last add in the minced garlic and cook for 2-3 more minutes.
After your vegetables are cooked add in your spaghetti sauce, 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1 Tablespoon butter, 2 Tablespoons of reserved water from the cooked noodles, ½ a teaspoon of salt, and ½ a teaspoon of pepper then let simmer on low heat. Continue stirring so the bottom doesn’t scorch.
While the sauce is simmering cook your ½ a pound of ground beef and ½ a pound of ground turkey. You can substitute and use all ground turkey or all ground beef but trust me the mix is great! Halfway through cooking your meat add in your reaming seasonings. (1/2 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning.) Once the meat is cooked all the way through add it to the sauce and continue to let it simmer.
Take your cream cheese and place it in a pot over low heat. Continue stirring until it’s soft, but don’t let it boil.
Drain your cooked noodles and place in a bowl. Then add in the softened cream cheese and mix thoroughly.
Spray a large pan (13×9 or larger) with non-stick cooking spray or coat in oil. Then start with a layer of your sauce/meat mixture. Make sure you fully coat the bottom. Then place your noodles coated in cream cheese on top of the layer of sauce. Then you will want to top the noodles with your remaining sauce/meat mixture. Make sure you lightly shake the pan, that way the sauce can sink in-between the noodles. Lastly you will top the casserole with your 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. If you like you can sprinkle some salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning on top.
Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
Enjoy and share the recipe with your friends and family!