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Sausage Pizza Pasta

 Sausage Pizza Pasta
It's pizza in a bowl! Here's a terrific (and tasty) way to make sure your kids get the whole grains and vegetables they need to grow up big and strong. —Danna Holt, Shoals, Indiana
6 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups uncooked whole grain spiral pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, mushrooms, green pepper and onion over
  • medium heat 5-6 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink and
  • vegetables are tender, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain.
  • Stir in pasta, pizza sauce, water, Italian seasoning and salt; bring
  • to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 10-15 minutes or until
  • pasta is tender. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese. Let stand,
  • covered, 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1-1/4 cups equals 358 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 577 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein.

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Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.