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Baked Elbow Pasta with Herbed Ricotta and Turkey Sausage

From the kitchen of Dreamfields Pasta and Chef Jim Coleman, with special guest Tami A. Ross, RD, LD, CDE.

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Baked Elbow Pasta with
Herbed Ricotta and Turkey Sausage

Makes 9 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 box Dreamfields Elbows
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1-1/4 pounds Italian-style turkey sausage (casing removed)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Herbed Ricotta (see recipe below)
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pan.
  2. Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add sausage; cook, breaking into crumbles, about 5 minutes until sausage is browned and cooked through, stirring frequently.
  3. Add tomatoes and red pepper flakes to skillet; cook 5 minutes to heat through, stirring occasionally.
  4. Combine pasta and Herbed Ricotta. Add sausage mixture. Season with salt and pepper, as desired. Spoon into 3-quart casserole dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Top with mozzarella. Bake at 375*F for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Herbed Ricotta

Ingredients

  • 1 container (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well:

Nutrition information (1/9 of recipe):
434 calories; 31 g protein; 16 g digestible carbohydrates*; 17 g total fat; 7 g saturated fat; 77 mg cholesterol; 730 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber

*If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 42 g carbohydrate. For more information go to www.DreamfieldsFoods.com.

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