Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Comfort Food!

For 8 points+ for 1/8 of this casserole, you can enjoy a filling comfort food.  This is a Weight Watcher recipe that I have made for my family, potlucks at church, and to take to families who need meals provided.  Everyone loves it and it is easy to make.  You can also freeze it for lunches during the week.

Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage
I have a hard time finding whole wheat ziti, so I use penne pasta.  It works just as well.

3/4 pound(s) uncooked turkey sausage(s), spicy-variety, casings removed  
1 medium uncooked 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 cheese   

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.

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