Pronto Penne Pasta (7.5 Points)

Serving Size = 1 cup
(This makes a very large amount of food. I chose not to put in the cayenne and served it and the Parmesan on the side. This made it much more kid-friendly.)

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups Whole wheat pasta uncooked
1 pound Italian turkey sausage links casings removed
1 medium Red onion chopped
1 medium Green pepper chopped
1 can (14 oz) Diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (14 oz) Chicken broth reduced-sodium
2 cloves Garlic minced
2 teaspoons Dried tarragon
2 teaspoons Dried basil
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
1/4 cup All purpose flour
1/2 cup Skim milk
1/2 cup Reduced Fat Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan grated

Instructions

1. Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile crumble sausage into skillet coated with cooking spray. Ad onion and green pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, and remaining spices.
2. In a small bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth. Stir into sausage mixture. Bring to a boil, cook and stir fro 2 minutes or unitl thickened.
3. Remove from the heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Drain pasta. Toss with sausage mixture. Sprinkle each serving with 2 teaspoons Parmesan cheese.

Healthy Cooking: Taste of Home April/May 2008

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Pan-Seared Chicken with Artichokes and Pasta (9.5 Points)

Yields: 4 Servings

Ingredients

1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke heart quarters undrained
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 garlic clove minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
4 cups hot cooked cavatappi (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked spiral tube-shaped pasta) or fusilli
1 tablespoon chopped pitted kalamata olives
1 (14.5-ounce) canned diced tomatoes drained
2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions
Drain artichokes in a colander over a bowl, reserving marinade.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper; coat with cooking spray. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; sauté 3 minutes on each side. Add onions and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Stir in reserved artichoke marinade and wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and stir in artichokes, pasta, olives, and tomatoes. Cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with cheese.

from Cooking Light Magazine


Baked Rigatoni with Beef (6.5 points)

Ingredients

4 cups Tomato Sauce
1 pound ground round
4 cups cooked rigatoni (about 2 1/2 cups uncooked pasta)
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
Cooking spray
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned; stir to crumble. Drain well. Combine beef, rigatoni, Tomato Sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with 1/2 cup mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Serving Size = 1 cup

(Cooking Light)

Jaime’s Savory Stuffed Shells (7 Points)

I would like to thank Jaime from http://shadesofjaim.com/recipes/stuffedshells.html for giving me permission to post this fantastic recipe and picture!)stuffedshells.jpg

Ingredients:

* 16 jumbo pasta shells
* 2 cups broccoli, chopped very small
* 1 cup mushrooms, chopped very small
* 1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
* 1¼ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese
* 1 cup pasta sauce or 1 cup diced tomatoes *
* 1 egg white
* 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
* 1 tsp oregano
* 1 tsp basil
* 1 tsp black pepper

*Using diced tomatoes instead of tomato sauce will save you 1 point per serving.

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375ºF.

Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Steam broccoli with a little water, covered in microwave, for about 6 minutes. Drain well and pat dry.

Combine broccoli, mushrooms, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg white, garlic, oregano, basil, and pepper. Stir together until well blended. Pour 1/2 cup pasta sauce or tomatoes over bottom of 8×8 square baking pan. Spoon 1 round tablespoon of filling into each shell and place open-side up in an even layer in the pan. Pour remaining sauce or tomatoes over and around shells. Cover pan with foil. Bake at 375ºF for about 25 minutes until heated through, and serve.

Yields: 16 shells (4 servings of 4 shells each)

Baked Beef Ziti (5 Points)

(8 servings)

Ingredients

12 ounces uncooked ziti
1 teaspoon Olive oil
2 cloves Garlic
1/3 pound Ground beef lean
1 teaspoon Dried oregano
1 teaspoon Dried thyme
1 tea
spoon Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
28 ounce Tomatoes crushed

1 cup Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F.

* Cook pasta according to package directions without added fat or salt; drain and set aside.

* Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain off any fat and return pan to heat.

* Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. Cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

* Spoon a small amount of tomato mixture into the bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish (just enough to cover the surface). Top with half of the cooked ziti and then layer with half of the remaining tomato sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Layer remaining ziti on top and top with remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Cajun-Spiced Chicken Fettuccine (9 Points)


(serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

Ingredients

2 pound Boneless chicken
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Seasonings Mixed Up Salt
1 garlic clove minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 cups 2% low-fat milk
1 cup thinly sliced green onions divided
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divide

1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley divided
8 cups hot cooked fettuccine (about 1 pound uncooked pasta)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with Cajun seasoning. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan, and cook 7 minutes on each side or until done. Cut chicken into 1/4-inch-thick slices; set aside.

Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and next 4 ingredients (bell pepper through garlic); sauté 7 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with flour, and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the Worcestershire; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes or until slightly thick. Remove from heat; stir in 3/4 cup green onions, 6 tablespoons cheese, and 3 tablespoons parsley. Add chicken and pasta to sauce mixture; toss well to combine.

Spoon mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup green onions, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes; uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes.

Adapted from Cooking Light