This has a nice combination of ingredients but is not anything studpendous. Just, a "good, solid, recipe".
Three-Cheese Baked Penne
"My secret is to cook the penne al dente so the pasta retains its texture after baking." —Risë Minton, Smyrna, GA
Make a baked pasta dish recipe that's sure to satisfy the hunger of friends and family alike. Baked Italian recipes are great for hearty one-dish dinners or on-the-go casserole deliveries to new moms or ailing friends.
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- Calories: 326
- Calories from fat: 30%
- Fat: 10.9g
- Saturated fat: 5.8g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.9g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
- Protein: 20.8g
- Carbohydrate: 38.9g
- Fiber: 4.9g
- Cholesterol: 47mg
- Iron: 3mg
- Sodium: 641mg
- Calcium: 211mg
- 2 1/2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne (about 8 ounces tube-shaped pasta)
- Cooking spray
- 2 (4-ounce) links sweet turkey Italian sausage
- 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 10 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Dash of salt
- 1 (8-ounce) can garlic-and-herb tomato sauce
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.
- 3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add bell pepper and next 6 ingredients (through salt) to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until bell pepper is tender. Stir in tomato sauce. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add pasta to pan, tossing gently to coat. Spoon pasta mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Stir in mozzarella and goat cheese; sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until bubbly and top is browned.
- Wine note: I find whole wheat pasta often tastes best with red wine, which underscores the earthiness of the hearty pasta. And, of course, red wine and sausage is a match made in heaven. Try a Tuscan red: Villa Antinori Toscana. It's a little richer and fuller than Chianti; the 2004 is $23. —Karen MacNeil
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