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Favorite Italian Casserole Recipe

Favorite Italian Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD: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

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.

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.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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