Thursday, March 10, 2011

What's for dinner?

Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage


This recipe is directly from the Weight Watcher's website. I was very excited to try it after realizing it is a ziti recipe without ricotta-- Dan refuses to eat ricotta. I was worried it was going to be high for such a small serving. We we're pleasantly surprised to find that 1/8 of the pan was plenty! I think the recipe totally needs more cheese so I added a little bit more on top (about 1/4 cup) plus sprinkled reduced-fat parmesan cheese on there. To be fair, I also added a can of mushrooms, which the recipe doesn't require. Believe it or not, Dan thought I could have added EVEN MORE veggies. It was tasty, and there are plenty of leftovers!

Points +:  8
Servings
: 8


INGREDIENTS:

3/4 pound(s) raw turkey sausage, spicy-variety, casings removed   

1 medium onion(s), chopped   

1 medium green pepper(s), chopped   

28 oz canned diced tomatoes   

10 oz frozen green peas, thawed   

2 Tbsp canned tomato paste   

1 tsp dried oregano   

1 tsp dried basil   

1/2 tsp dried thyme   

1/2 tsp fennel seed   

1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste   

1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground   

12 oz uncooked whole-wheat pasta, ziti, cooked according to package directions   

6 oz shredded part-skim mozzarella cheeses  

INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Crumble the sausage meat into a large saucepan and brown over medium heat, stirring often, about 4 minutes.
  • Drain off any fat, then add the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, peas, tomato paste, oregano, basil, thyme, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta and half the cheese. Spread evenly into a 9- X 13-inch baking pan. Top evenly with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake until the cheese has melted and the casserole is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before slicing into 8 pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving.

1 comment:

Dan said...

Needed more mushrooms....and possibly peppers....the red ones