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Baked Pasta with Sausage and Spinach




Olive oil spray

1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano

8 ounces fat-free ricotta

8 ounces part-skim mozzarella, shredded

14 ounces uncooked sweet Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing

12 ounces high-fiber or low carb rigatoni pasta

1 tsp. olive oil

2 cloves smashed garlic, roughly chopped

10 ounces package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid

Salt and fresh pepper to taste

4 cups marinara sauce


Preheat the oven to 375°. Spray a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with olive oil spray. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, 6 tablespoons of the Pecorino Romano cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese. Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, brown the sausage breaking up into small bits until cooked through; set aside. Add the oil to the skillet and sauté garlic about a minute, careful not to burn. Add spinach and season with a little salt and pepper and cook another minute. Return the sausage to the skillet and add the marinara sauce; cook on low about 2-3 minutes. When the pasta water comes to a boil, cook pasta according to instructions for al dente, but undercook them by 4 minutes less; drain and return to pot. Put half of the cooked pasta into the prepared baking dish and top with half of the meat sauce. Spoon the ricotta mixture on top of the sauce in an even layer. Cover with the remaining pasta and the remaining sauce. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 6-7 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned.

This one’s easy to adjust to “refrigerator door” ingredients. Make it yours, and it will be so good.

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    September 14, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Can you please submit pictures? These recipes sound wonderful, and easy I sure would love to see the final product/dish. Thank you all so very much.

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