Three-Cheese Baked Penne

Make a baked pasta dish  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.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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