Thursday, March 3, 2011

Could We Be Italian?

The other night I asked Kyle to pick out a recipe for dinner. I wasn’t expecting much but was very surprised by his choice. He found a recipe off Eat Better America, Turkey Sausage Stuffed Sells! It turned out to be one of the best Italian dishes I’ve ever made. I was a little hesitant because I knew it would take awhile to cook and I’m usually ready to eat about 6:00 or 6:30. It wasn’t ready till about 7:45 but was so worth it.

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The recipe seems like a lot of steps but it’s not too bad. Especially when you have help!

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Cook your sausage until browned. mix together your ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese.

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Cut your cooked pasta in half to make it easier to stuff.

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Pour part of your sauce into bottom of sprayed dish. Stuff your pasta and arrange in dish. This is the fun part!

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Pour remaining pasta on top.

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Cover with foil and bake.

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Turkey Sausage Stuffed Shells

1 box of Manicotti shells

1lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed

1 container (15 oz) light ricotta cheese

2 cups shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)

1 box (9 oz)  frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed and drained

1 teaspoon dried basil leaves

1 jar (25.5 oz)  organic Italian herb pasta sauce

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.

2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, crumble sausage. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.

3. In medium bowl, stir ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the Italian cheese blend, the spinach and basil until well mixed. Stir in sausage.

4. Spread about 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce over bottom of baking dish. Cut manicotti shells in half. Spoon about 3 tablespoonful's sausage mixture into each pasta. Arrange pasta, on sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining pasta sauce over stuffed pasta. Spray 15-inch piece of foil with cooking spray; cover pasta with foil.

5. Bake 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

 

Served with a side salad and garlic bread!

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I dare you to try it! Let me know how it turns out.

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