Leftovers – Cheesy Stuffed Turkey Sausage Pasta Bake w/ Baked French Bread

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Today’s Menu: Leftovers – Cheesy Stuffed Turkey Sausage Pasta Bake w/ Baked French Bread

 
For breakfast I toasted up a couple of Eggo’s w/ Nutrigrain along with a couple of Jennie – O Turkey Breakfast Sausage Links. A change in the weather again, 56 degrees and sunny yesterday to 39 and cloudy today. They say we have some more single digit weather coming back in for next week also. Not much going on today, did some light cleaning around the house and swept up around the deck and the car port. After that an afternoon of some College Basketball. For dinner tonight it’s all about the Leftovers! I reheated the Cheesy Stuffed Turkey Sausage Pasta Bake w/ French Bread.

 

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Tonight it was all leftovers! The new recipe I prepared last night, Cheesy Stuffed Turkey Sausage Pasta Bake, was so good it’s the leftovers for tonight’s dinner! This is one delicious recipe I cam across and is now in the “Keeper Recipes”. So I reheated the dish in a small baking dish that I covered with foil, reheated in the oven at 300 degrees until heated through. I also heated up the leftover Pillsbury French Bread. Everything heated up to perfection! This one delicious dish, if you’re looking for a great Pasta Dish you have to try this one out. I left last night’s post with the recipe and instructions below. Enjoy!

 

 
I came across this recipe idea in the latest issue of the Food Network Magazine in an ad for Jimmy Dean Sausage. The recipe calls for; 1 package Jimmy Dean® Regular Flavor Pork Sausage Roll, 1 pound rigatoni or penne pasta, 1 24-ounce jar spaghetti sauce, 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 container ricotta cheese, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (divided), 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional).

 
But to save on calories, fat, and carbs I made some substitutions. Instead of the Jimmy Dean® Regular Flavor Pork Cheesy Stuffed Turkey Sausage Pasta Bake w Baked French Bread 002Sausage Roll I used a 1 lb. roll of Jennie – O Ground Turkey Breakfast Sausage, replaced the rigatoni or penne pasta with Ronzoni Healthy Harvest 100% Whole Grain Penne Rigate Pasta, for the ricotta cheese I used Meijer Low Fat Ricotta Cheese, for the shredded mozzarella cheese I used Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, and replaced the grated Parmesan cheese with Kraft Reduced Fat Grated Parmesan Cheese. With these switches I shaved a lot of calories, fat, and carbs. Cut them where you can!

 

 
To prepare the dish; I preheated the oven to 350°F. Then while the oven was heating up I cooked pasta and removed Cheesy Stuffed Turkey Sausage Pasta Bake w Baked French Bread 012it from the heat 1 minute before suggested cook time; drained and set aside. Next for the Jennie – O Turkey Sausage; cooked and stirred the sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat 12 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Stir in sauce (I used LaRosa’s Sauce), McCormick Italian seasoning, Sea Salt and the cooked pasta. Layer half of pasta mixture in a greased 13×9-inch baking dish. Mix the ricotta and 1 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Spread over pasta. Top with remaining pasta and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with parsley. Baked for about 30 minutes, until hot and cheese melted. What a dish! This is one excellent “Keeper Recipe”! Fantastic flavor and just a filling Comfort Food Dish. Plus with the changes I made I saved on the calories, fat, and carbs. The original recipe and web link are at the end of the post. I also baked a loaf of Pillsbury French Bread to go with it.

 

 

 

Jenny’s Cheesy Stuffed Sausage Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
1 package Jimmy Dean® Regular Flavor Pork Sausage RollCheesy Stuffed Turkey Sausage Pasta Bake w Baked French Bread 013
1 pound rigatoni or penne pasta
1 24-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 container ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, optional
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta and remove from heat 1 minute before suggested cook time; drain and set aside.
Cook and stir sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat 8 to 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in sauce, Italian seasoning, salt and cooked pasta. Layer half of pasta mixture in a greased 13×9-inch baking dish.
Mix ricotta and 1 cup of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Spread over pasta. Top with remaining pasta and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with parsley.
Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted.
This recipe was created in partnership with Jimmy Dean brand for the Family Table program.
Yield
8 servings)

http://www.jimmydean.com/recipes/dinner/jennys-cheesy-stuffed-sausage-pasta-bake

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