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Sausage Spinach Pasta Bake

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

10 servings

I’ve swapped in other meats—such as chicken sausage, veal or ground pork—and added in summer squash, zucchini, green beans and mushrooms, depending on what’s in season. Also, fresh herbs really perk up the flavors. —Kim Forni, Laconia, New Hampshire
Sausage Spinach Pasta Bake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic. Cook 1 minute longer; drain. Stir in tomatoes, oregano, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  3. Drain pasta; stir into turkey mixture. Add spinach and cream; heat through. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/3 cups: 377 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 622mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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