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Favorite Italian Casserole Recipe
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Favorite Italian Casserole Recipe

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We usually have toasted garlic bread and a tossed salad with this hearty pizza-flavored dish. —Lee Sauers, Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:3 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 3 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links link, casing removed
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 bacon strip, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • Dash each dried oregano, thyme and basil

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (prepared with turkey sausage and turkey pepperoni) equals 356 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 1,018 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein.

Directions

  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a small skillet; add onion. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Drain spaghetti. Arrange zucchini in a shallow 1-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with pepper. Layer with bacon, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, spaghetti, remaining sauce, red pepper, sausage mixture, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.
  3. Sprinkle with herbs. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 3 servings.
Originally published as Italian Casserole in Cooking for 2 Summer 2007, p20

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (prepared with turkey sausage and turkey pepperoni) equals 356 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 1,018 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 23 g protein.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 8, 2013

Nice blend of flavors. My husband, who is very fussy, loved it. It seems complicated but really is not hard at all to make.

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Reviewed Jul. 23, 2012

Wonderful dish with readily-available or easy-to-find ingredients. Good blend of flavors and ingredients. I allowed about an hour of prep time before baking. After 30 minutes of baking, DO turn down the oven to 200 just to keep it warm until you're ready to eat. 30 minutes was ample time to bake this dish. By adding more Italian sausage (using approx 1/2 lb) and a little more pasta and veggies this makes an ample dinner for two people for two nights. So glad I've held onto my Cooking for 2 magazines!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

This was okay. I think you should bake it the minimum amount of time, maybe a little less so the cheese doesn't get so hard. It's a good combination of flavors. But it's a lot of time spent for a simple meal in my opinion.

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Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

This is a wonderful dish that I made several years ago from the recipe out of the magazine. I had lost the recipe and wanted to make it again. My husband and I love it.

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