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Bean and Sausage Rigatoni Recipe

Cutting the fat in this casserole she revised didn't make it any less hearty, assures Irene Health from Hastings, Michigan. "I tested it on a friend with a good appetite, and he loved it! Served with a fresh green salad and crusty French bread, it makes a balanced meal. The smoked turkey sausage is delicious."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked rigatoni or penne
  • 1 can (15 ounces) great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 pound reduced-fat smoked turkey kielbasa, halved and sliced
  • 5 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a bowl, combine the pasta, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, broth and seasoning.
  • 2. Transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 249 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 537 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.