Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

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)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

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

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

  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.
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