Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

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In an effort to eat a little healthier, I started making a few recipes from Cooking Light. But I didn’t want to sacrifice taste for low fat and calories. So I decided that I would like to fix some recipes with a little zip and when I saw the hot turkey sausage in the ingredients, this was the winner. The tomato and basil really give this recipe a fresh taste. This simple and delicious recipe is purely a comfort food. And a bonus is that it makes a ton!

Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

1 (1-pound) package uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
1 pound hot turkey Italian sausage links
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Cooking spray
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350°.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside.
Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil. Place half of the pasta mixture in a 4-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Top with half of mozzarella and half of Parmesan. Repeat layers. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
CALORIES 413 (26% from fat); FAT 11.8g (sat 6.1g,mono 2.2g,poly 1g); IRON 7.9mg; CHOLESTEROL 49mg; CALCIUM 265mg; CARBOHYDRATE 53g; SODIUM 941mg; PROTEIN 24.1g; FIBER 4.5g

Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2003

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Filed under Basil, Cheese, Cooking Light, Dinner, Entrees, Garlic, Herbs, Hot Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, Onions, Parmesan, Pasta, Pork

One response to “Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

  1. Thanks for the recipe. I am in graduate school and want to cook something and eat guilt free. It was yum.

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