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White Cheese and Sausage Pasta

Yield 4 servings (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups)
This recipe is definitely a family favorite. The reader and her daughter invented it 10 years ago because they loves cheese. Now it is the family's favorite meal. It is very easy, and if you like cheese, you'll love this.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound mild Italian turkey sausage
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 1% skim milk
  • 6 cups hot cooked ziti (about 4 cups uncooked short tube-shaped pasta)
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 577
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • fat 18.4 g
  • satfat 10.1 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 31.3 g
  • carbohydrate 71.4 g
  • fiber 2.7 g
  • cholesterol 56 mg
  • iron 3.7 mg
  • sodium 907 mg
  • calcium 562 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Remove sausage from casings. Place a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat; cook sausage until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain well; set aside. Wipe drippings from pan with a paper towel.

  3. Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add flour; stir with a whisk. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook until thick (about 8 minutes); remove from heat. Combine sauce, sausage, pasta, Parmesan, and salt in a large bowl. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.