Healthy Baked Cavatelli
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting any salt or oil. Drain; set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a very large skillet cook sausage, eggplant, mushrooms, sweet pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until sausage is browned and vegetables are just tender, stirring to break up sausage as it cooks. Drain off any fat. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil (if using), dried oregano (if using), salt, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in fresh basil (if using) and fresh oregano (if using).
- In a very large bowl stir together the pasta and sausage mixture. Spoon mixture into a 3-quart baking dish.
- Bake, covered with foil, for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
From the Test Kitchen
*Test Kitchen Tip:
For a less spicy pasta dish, use half regular ground turkey and half Italian turkey sausage.
Nutrition Facts (Healthy Baked Cavatelli)
- Per serving:
- 254 kcal ,
- 7 g fat
- (3 g sat. fat ,
- 34 mg chol. ,
- 492 mg sodium ,
- 30 g carb. ,
- 3 g fiber ,
- 6 g sugar ,
- 17 g pro.
CNYreader 58 Days Ago
I've made this recipe several times with eggplant and I roast, rather than saute, all of the vegetables. Sometimes I use roasted grape tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes, and use home-made spaghetti sauce (if I have any) in place of the canned tomato sauce. Melting fresh mozzarella on top is a tasty alternative to shredded cheese, too. At any rate, it is an excellent base recipe and easily adaptable to different veggies.
Wendy Diehl 704 Days Ago
Sorry but I amde this and it was so dry it was not servable. I added to jars of Roasted Red pepper sauce and that saved it.
Robin Kloeppel 710 Days Ago
I'm going to make this recipe and add fresh spinach and either turkey sausage or chicken for extra protein and iron. Both meats lean are low fat.