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Fast & Easy Dinner: Baked Pasta With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Fast & Easy Dinner: Baked Pasta With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

When it comes to baked pastas, most people think of lasagna or macaroni and cheese. However, ziti, a thick, tubular pasta, is ideal for baking, especially when coated with a dense, rich sauce.

This comforting version is made with turkey sausage and canned tomatoes. It's a no-fuss, simple dish that's sure to win over even the most finicky eaters. To make this for your family tonight, get the delicious MyRecipes.com recipe and

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Baked Pasta With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Baked Pasta With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Baked Pasta With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Ingredients

  1. 1 (1-pound) package uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
  2. 1 pound hot turkey Italian sausage links
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  8. 2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
  9. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  10. Cooking spray
  11. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  12. 1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve.

Serves 8.

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

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Join The Conversation
skigurl skigurl 8 years
weirdest coincidence is that i already kinda googled this type of meal yesterday and invented my own spin on it and told my bf i was going to make it this week! we're making it thursday! but i prefer penne...i was reminded by something he ordered saturday ngiht, which was delicious
Isa-A Isa-A 8 years
Miam miam !!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
Sounds like a good meal for my girls when they visit.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm a sucker for ziti or rigatoni since it's a more robust pasta, but i could do w/o the sausage. i think that i've found a white wine sauce to be a nice complement as well - since it's got a bit of that vinegar taste which makes it a savory dish and then if you dice tomatoes - it's light and fresh.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
Sounds remarkably close to what I cooked for dinner last night. I added a lot of vegetables too - zucchini, onions, and mushrooms.
danesorensen danesorensen 8 years
The photo makes it look so good. I hope my attempt turns out looking like this. Either way, how can I go wrong with the delicious taste of these ingredients...
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I love the idea of making it with turkey sausage! I will definitely have to cook this one up soon!
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Yum yum! I make something similar to this... maybe I'll try this recipe next time though. Sounds great :]
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
:drool:
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