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Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation


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.



    This easy, cheesy pasta recipe features ziti, turkey sausage, canned tomatoes, and fresh basil. It's a perfect pasta dish for busy weeknights.
  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 413
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 26%
Fat per serving: 11.8g
Saturated fat per serving: 6.1g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 2.2g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1g
Protein per serving: 24.1g
Carbohydrate per serving: 53g
Fiber per serving: 4.5g
Cholesterol per serving: 49mg
Iron per serving: 7.9mg
Sodium per serving: 941mg
Calcium per serving: 265mg

Good to Know

Using a fat-free cheese will spare you 25 grams of fat per cup and still provide you with calcium for bone health.