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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 303.7
  • Total Fat: 6.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.9 mg
  • Sodium: 527.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 47.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.0 g
  • Protein: 16.1 g

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Cheesy Capresse Pasta

Submitted by: SHELBSYD
Cheesy Capresse Pasta

Introduction

On a cold ugly day, nothing more satisfying then comfort food. The oohhy gooey cheese and fresh basil make this dish a delight. Serve with a nice side salad and garlic bread and you have wonderful pasta meal that is 1/3 of the calories of a restaurant. You know what? It tastes better too!! On a cold ugly day, nothing more satisfying then comfort food. The oohhy gooey cheese and fresh basil make this dish a delight. Serve with a nice side salad and garlic bread and you have wonderful pasta meal that is 1/3 of the calories of a restaurant. You know what? It tastes better too!!
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    3 cups whole wheat pasta (noodles such as penne work best)
    1 cup of your favorite pasta/tomato sauce
    1/3 cup half & half or heavy cream (I didn't have either so I used 1/3 cup of skim milk and 1/2 tbsp. of Butter - you can also sub with evaporated milk or whole milk & butter))
    1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese + more for garnish
    4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes (I used shredded since that's all I had on hand)
    1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes (I cut some in half and left some whole)
    1 bunch of fresh basil leaves (I love basil, so I used allot)

    Note: You could add ground turkey, ground beef or meatballs.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Boil water and cook pasta according to directions.

While pasta is cooking, heat tomato sauce over low heat in a large saucepan. Once warm, stir in milk and grated parmesan.

Once pasta is done cooking, drain and dump into the sauce, mixing to coat and turning off heat. Fold in mozzarella cubes and tomatoes, then chop 3-4 fresh basil leaves and add them in too.

Once combined, spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and pour the entire pasta mixture into the dish. Top with fresh mozzarella rounds. Bake for 25 minutes, or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

Top with additional fresh basil and grated cheese. Serve with garlic bread. You can also add in chicken, steak or seafood for some protein.

Note: I made these in individual baking cups, so it was evenly proportioned.

Serving Size: 4 - 1 1/2 cup servings

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SHELBSYD.






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