Cheesy Italian Bake

It’s hard for many of us to resist the urge of carbs; the satiable feeling of being full but at the same time filling out our waistline.  For the most part, I have cut out carbs from my eating lifestyle, which may have helped to my loss of over 20 lbs.  Not to say I don’t still indulge in carbs but I’ve changed my selection of carbs.  Instead of the cheap white flour, enriched flour, bleached flour, etc. that my body has fiend for years, I resort to whole grain replacements – those certified as actual whole grains.  Since this transformation I feel not only fuller but I noticed that my body reacts differently to these carbs.  I don’t feel quite as lethargic after eating a hefty bowl of whole grain pasta.

Not knowing what to make for dinner I mixed up this easy, cheesy Italian bake creation with less than 30 minutes of prep work.  You can easy substitute the veggies I selected in place of your favorites.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 a box of whole grain pasta
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of stewed tomatoes
  • Italian turkey sausage (if you don’t have Italian, you’ll need to substitute, adding 2 tablespoons of an Italian seasoning blend)
  • 2 cloves of garlic or 1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped veggies – asparagus & orange pepper
  • 1 cup of low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Cheesy Italian Bake Ingredients

Spent less than $10 to serve a family of 4!

What To Do:

  • First, create a slit along the casing of your turkey sausages, squeezing all of the ground turkey into a heated pan for browning
  • While meat is browning, chop all veggiesChopped veggies
  • In a medium saucepan heat tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, onion powder, garlic and veggiesCheesy italian bake sauce
  • Prepare pasta noodles according to package
  • After meat is browned, drain any remaining fat and pre-heat your oven to 350ºF
  • Mix sauce, pasta noodles and meat in a large casserole dish
  • After mixture is thoroughly combined, layer mozzarella and parmesan on top baking in the oven uncovered until cheese is melted and golden

Cheesy Italian Bake

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