Super Greens Pasta Bake

December 18, 2013

Author Notes: Sometimes, you just want a casserole that you can make ahead and pop in the oven later. It looks familiar with the tomato sauce, whole grain pasta, and cheesy topping. And the dark leafy greens add so much nutrition with great taste. Susan E. Levy

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces dry whole wheat pasta (fusilli or other)
  • 3 cups tomato sauce with onions and garlic (no salt added)
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 4 cups dark leafy greens like kale, spinach or Swiss chard
  • 1 ½ cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups Optional: cooked, diced protein such as chicken or low-fat turkey sausage
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°.
  3. In a bowl, combine tomato sauce, mushrooms and kale with the pasta and mix. Add optional chicken or sausage if using. Add pepper to taste.
  4. Pour into oven-proof casserole dish. Top with cheese and bake 20-30 minutes, until heated through and cheese is bubbly.
  5. Per serving: 242 calories, 13g protein, 37g carbohydrate, 5g fat, 3g sat fat, 1g mono fat, 11mg cholesterol, 2g fiber, 130mg sodium
  6. Seasoned Cook Assemble this dish the night before. Taste tomato sauce before using – if needed, add seasonings. Red pepper flakes are a spicy addition. Fiber content of whole wheat pasta can vary by manufacturer – check the labels.

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1 Review

Hicchan January 24, 2015
I just made this tonight and it was very good! <br />Thanks for sharing!<br />One question - do you need to cover the dish with foil when you bake it? (What I did was sprayed the foil and covered the dish and baked it for 20 minutes and then removed the foil and baked it for 10 more minutes and it turned out great!)<br /><br />Thanks!!