Looking for healthy casseroles? Look no further! Tastier than some healthy casserole recipes, this baked cavatelli is packed with veggies and protein -- but still has a little gooey cheese sprinkled on top.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting any salt or oil. Drain; set aside.

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  • 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).

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  • In a very large bowl stir together the pasta and sausage mixture. Spoon mixture into a 3-quart baking dish.

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  • 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.

*Test Kitchen Tip:

For a less spicy pasta dish, use half regular ground turkey and half Italian turkey sausage.

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; 7 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 34 mg cholesterol; 492 mg sodium. 291 mg potassium; 30 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 17 g protein; 1020 IU vitamin a; 28 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 3 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 85 mcg folate; 131 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

Reviews (4)

108 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 19
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 13
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: 5 stars
I made this last night and it was delicious. This recipe is a winner for me. I used just a little more tomato sauce. I think next time, I will use less meat and more egg plant. Thanks for a great recipe!
Rating: 3 stars
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.
Rating: Unrated
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.
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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.