Saturday, January 29, 2011

Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese (11 Points Plus)

It is no secret that Cooking Light magazine is one of my favorites. And their website is amazing! You can get really great low fat recipes that include all the nutrition information. So it's easy to calculate the points.

(Sorry no photo-it didn't come out.)

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 413 (26% from fat)
Fat: 11.8g (sat 6.1g,mono 2.2g,poly 1g)
Protein: 24.1g
Carbohydrate: 53g
Fiber: 4.5g
Cholesterol: 49mg
Iron: 7.9mg
Sodium: 941mg
Calcium: 265mg
Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 2003

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