Enjoy the best of both worlds with this pizza and pasta dish. Our cheesy pizza pasta is a simple way to enjoy the taste of pizza without the expense of delivery or carryout. This dish is also a great way to feel as if you are indulging in a cheesy pasta dish without all of the saturated fat. Healthy pizza pastas are a great dinner for families that want to eat healthier without feeling deprived. This baked cheese pizza pasta will be a hit with kids and adults.
Cold weather brings a desire to eat foods that are comforting. This pizza pasta bake is packed with all of the things that taste most delicious when it’s chilly outside: warm pasta and gooey cheese. We’ve added vegetables to boost the nutrient content, and we chose alternative ingredients to reduce the saturated fat content and make the dish a little healthier. This means you get the feeling of warmth and coziness, without all the negative aspects found in many comfort foods.
Yields: 8 | Serving size: 1 cup | Calories: 321 | Total Fat: 15 gm | Saturated Fats: 3 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 43 mg | Sodium: 543 mg | Carbohydrates: 28 gm | Dietary fiber: 5 gm | Sugars: 6 gm | Protein: 20 gm | SmartPoints: 9 |
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon black peppersalt to taste
- 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and coarsely chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium red onion, cut into thinly sliced rings
- 4 ounces sliced Portabella mushrooms
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1/2 cup sliced black olives
- 4 cups cooked whole grain penne
- 24 ounce jar marinara, no sugar added
- 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
- 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced fat mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cook turkey in a large skillet over medium heat, sprinkle with sage, red pepper flakes, black pepper and salt to taste. Break turkey up into chunks while cooking, continue cooking until it has lost its pink color and is cooked through. Drain and set aside.
In a medium non-stick skillet, on medium-low heat, add oil and cook onion rings until they begin to caramelize, about 10 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue cooking until mushrooms release moisture, about 5 additional minutes. Drain liquid.
Cook penne according to instructions of the box.Note: Approximately 1-1/2 cups uncooked pasta equals 4 cups cooked.
Combine in a large mixing bowl marinara, cooked penne, cooked turkey and basil, spread into a 9"x13" casserole dish. Evenly distribute remaining ingredients over penne, top with mozzarella. Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes or until cheese is hot and bubbly.
Tip: Marinara (no sugar added) - Ragu has a lite sauce if you're on a budget (who's not?); if splurging try Amy’s Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce
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