Friday, November 19, 2010

Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomato and Cheese

Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomato and Cheese

Adapted from Cooking Light
Makes 8 servings

12 oz. uncooked ziti
5 light Italian Turkey sausage links
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp tomato paste
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
2 14.5-ounce cans petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
½ cup chopped fresh basil
Cooking spray
100 grams shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
4 tbsp parmesan cheese

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

Nutritional Information:
450 calories, 55 carbs, 13 fat grams and 27 protein grams.

Review: LOVED it! The sausage was so flavorful and while the portions looked a bit smaller than my usual portions, it was more than enough food and very filling. I loved all of the flavors and the fact that this recipe had real mozzarella - nice! I will definitely make this again.

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