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
dry whole wheat pasta (fusilli or other)
tomato sauce with onions and garlic (no salt added)
dark leafy greens like kale, spinach or Swiss chard
1 ½ cups
shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Optional: cooked, diced protein such as chicken or low-fat turkey sausage
In This Recipe
Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
Preheat oven to 375°.
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.
Pour into oven-proof casserole dish. Top with cheese and bake 20-30 minutes, until heated through and cheese is bubbly.
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.