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Italian Pasta Casserole

 Italian Pasta Casserole
All the traditional flavors abound in this dish reminiscent of lasagna. “This is a zippy and hearty recipe that our family and guests really like.”—Denise Rasmussen, Salina, Kansas
6 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.


  • 2 cups uncooked spiral pasta
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 ounces sliced turkey pepperoni
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble beef
  • and sausage into a large skillet; add onion. Cook and stir over
  • medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute
  • longer. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  • Drain pasta; stir in meat mixture and pepperoni. Transfer half of the

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Directions (continued)

  • pasta mixture to a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle with half of the cheese; repeat layers.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield:
  • 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup equals 335 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 752 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 26 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat.
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