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Baked Cavatelli


  • 2 1/2 cups dried cavatelli or wagon-wheel macaroni (about 7 ounces)
  • 12 ounces fresh mild or hot Italian sausage links, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

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  1. Cook cavatelli about 12 minutes or until al dente. Drain well.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion and garlic until sausage is brown; remove from skillet. Drain fat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl stir together tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, Italian seasoning and pepper. Add the cooked pasta, sausage and onion mixture. Toss gently to combine. Spoon mixture into a 2-quart casserole.
  4. Bake, covered, in a 375 degrees F oven for 25 minutes.
  5. Uncover and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes more or until heated through.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutritional information per serving: 418 cal, 17 g total fat (6 g sat fat), 50 mg chol, 1268 mg sodium, 46 g carb, 3 g fiber, 20 g pro