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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

 Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
Adding pizzazz to platters is a simple process for Suzan Suskie of Whitesboro, New York. "Bow tie pasta and colorful peppers make this dish look as good as it tastes," she relates. "Quick and easy to toss together, it's an impressive addition to the dinner table or any buffet...for as long as it last!"
9 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups julienned green pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups julienned sweet red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 4 ounces turkey pepperoni, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, diced
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large
  • nonstick skillet, saute the onion, peppers and garlic in oil until
  • vegetables are crisp-tender. Add stewed tomatoes and basil. Bring to
  • a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring
  • occasionally.
  • Stir in the pepperoni, diced tomatoes, salt and pepper; simmer for 2
  • minutes. Drain pasta; add to the tomato mixture. Add cheese and toss
  • well. Sprinkle with pepper flakes if desired. Yield: 9 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup) equals 213 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 585 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 12 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.