Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Baked Wagon Wheel Pasta

I love making yummy comfort food that is healthy. Especially meals where you don't have to feel guilty about after dinner is over. So, here is a great dinner that is sure to hit the spot! I got this one out of my trusty Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and with them you just can't go wrong! The best part is you probably have everything you need in your kitchen so you can make this any night! Enjoy!


2 1/3 cups dried wagon wheel pasta

1 lb. ground turkey or turkey Italian sausage

( I used a little of each, what I had in the freezer)

3/4 cup chopped onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 26-ounce jar pasta sauce

3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

fresh basil and oregano

1. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside.
2. In a large skillet cook meat, onion, and garlic until meat is brown, remove from skillet.
3. In a large bowl stir together pasta sauce, 1/2 cup cheese, and the pepper. Add the cooked pasta and meat mixture. Gently stir to combine. Spoon mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish.
4. Bake, covered, in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese and cook for 5 more minutes until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with fresh cut basil and oregano.
5. Serve with garlic bread and broccoli and you have a healthy meal!

* You could also bake this in little single serving ramekins for fun! Cook for 15-20 minutes and then add cheese.
* Add mushrooms and sliced zucchini for a little more flavor too!

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