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Sausage Penne Bake Recipe
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Sausage Penne Bake Recipe

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No one will guess a dish this cheesy and filling could be healthy, but this one’s chock-full of eggplant, whole wheat pasta, tomatoes and fabulous flavor. —Barbara Kempen, Cambridge, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 3/4 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or chicken broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons chopped ripe olives
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 325 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 623 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, eggplant and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add wine and garlic, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Drain pasta. Add the pasta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, olives, basil and pepper to skillet.
  3. Transfer to a 3-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Penne Bake in Healthy Cooking February/March 2011, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 325 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 623 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 23 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

Reviews for Sausage Penne Bake(10)

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Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

Family really enjoyed this

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

Easy to make & delicious with lots of flavor!Note: It would be easy to cut back on sausage & cheese if you wanted less fat & use unsalted tomatoes to reduce sodium. I added a zucchini & it made such a wonderful dish full of veggies. My only sub was to use Italian seasoning instead of basil. However, some fresh basil leaves would be great!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

Just finished eating two bowls full. Excellant! Followed the recipe, but next time I will cut the onions into larger pieces and add a cup of canned corn. Maybe a bit of bell pepper.

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

Look at the Saturated fat content and the Sodium content. These numbers are for a one cup serving. Not "heart healthy" at all!!

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

I'm a big fan of Eggplant. I used Whole grain Penne (that was all I had) instead of Whole wheat Penne . Loved it, loved it, loved it!

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