Wednesday, September 02, 2009
A lighter baked pasta
Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2008 Copyright 2007
1 (1-pound) package uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta) I used Smart Taste Penne, 14.5 oz box
1 pound hot turkey Italian sausage links I used mild lean chicken sausage and added some red pepper flakes
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
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese I used non-fresh part-skim
1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside.
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.
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. I just cooked it until the cheese melted.
Nutritional Information Calories:413 (26% from fat)Fat:11.8g (sat 6.1g,mono 2.2,poly g) Protein:24.1g Carbohydrate:53g Fiber:4.5g Cholesterol:49mg Iron:7.9mg Sodium:941mg Calcium:265mg
I was looking for a recipe to use up a package of chicken sausage that I bought on clearance a while back and stuck in the freezer. I found this recipe. It was perfect. I only needed to buy the pasta and tomatoes. I had just enough mozzarella cheese leftover from something else in the deli drawer. My produce-section basil plant was miraculously still alive after several weeks too. I have a very brown thumb and have never had one last more than a week before. This may have been it's last hurrah though. It doesn't seem to be producing much anymore. I got my $2.50 worth. Maybe next year I will start a small herb garden outside.
I was really pleased with this recipe. It wasn't too heavy for a baked pasta dish. This dish called for a lot less cheese than most baked pasta dishes but it was plenty enough. Hopefully I'll remember that next time a recipe calls for a lot of cheese and I'll cut back.
The baby really liked this, my older son not so much. I think it was him and not the recipe. His eating has been very off with the excitement of starting school.
Speaking of my son, food and school, the poor kid has to eat lunch all alone at a peanut-free table since he's the only one in the school with a peanut allergy. The first day he didn't seem to mind, the second day he seemed a little bothered. I made it clear that I'd prefer he didn't eat alone and a small peanut-free zone was fine but I'm not going to fault the school for being too cautious. As any reaction at school would be their responsibility, they should set their own comfort zone. It still hurts me to know that he's eating lunch alone. At least it's only 25 minutes (God forbid they give them an entire 30 minutes to eat lunch).
Question of the Day: Did you buy the school's hot lunch? Brown bag? Go home for lunch? I was a hot lunch kid since I qualified for the free or reduced lunch.