Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 4 ounces hot Italian sausage, (2 links)

  2. 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  3. 1 large onion, chopped

  4. 3 cloves garlic, very finely chopped

  5. 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

  6. 1 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary

  7. 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes, or plum tomatoes (chopped)

  8. 1/4 cup dry red or white wine

  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

  10. Freshly ground pepper, to taste

  11. 12 ounces whole-wheat rigatoni, mostaccioli or penne

  12. 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  13. 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs, preferably whole-wheat (see Tip)

  14. 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Protein-Packed Breakfast Recipes

  15. Low-Calorie Holiday Brunch Recipes

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 3-quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray. Put a large pot of water on to boil.

  2. Crumble sausage into a large nonstick skillet (discard casing) and cook over medium heat, stirring, until browned and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain.

  3. Wipe out the pan and add oil; heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and rosemary; cook, stirring, until the mushrooms begin to give off liquid, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes (and their juices), wine and the cooked sausage. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. (The sauce will be quite thin.) Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.

  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain.

  5. Add the pasta to the sauce; toss to coat. Spread half in the prepared baking dish. Dot with spoonfuls of ricotta and top with the remaining pasta. Cover with foil. Bake for 20 minutes.

  6. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan in a small bowl. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the pasta and continue to bake, uncovered, until the top is golden, about 10 minutes more.


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