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Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
Yield

8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

This easy, cheesy pasta recipe features ziti, turkey sausage, canned tomatoes, and fresh basil. It's a perfect pasta dish for busy weeknights.

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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 413
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 11.8 g
  • satfat 6.1 g
  • monofat 2.2 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 24.1 g
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 4.5 g
  • cholesterol 49 mg
  • iron 7.9 mg
  • sodium 941 mg
  • calcium 265 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.