Baked Mostaccioli with Italian Ground Pork and Baby Spinach

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 546.0
  • Total Fat: 31.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 73.2 mg
  • Sodium: 1,039.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 38.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.5 g
  • Protein: 26.5 g

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Introduction

I would not call this health food! It does not fit into the "healthy" guidelines of the Mediterranean Diet as it is high in fat and sodium, but yes, it is Italian. Save it for a special occasion. I would not call this health food! It does not fit into the "healthy" guidelines of the Mediterranean Diet as it is high in fat and sodium, but yes, it is Italian. Save it for a special occasion.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    6 cups cooked whole wheat rotini

    1 bottle Colavita Organic Spicy Marinara Sauce
    1.5 lbs bulk mild Italian pork sausage
    2/3 medium onion, thinly sliced
    6 cups Baby Spinach, fresh
    4 cups shredded low-moisture part skim mozzarella cheese

    olive oil
    oregano (optional)


Tips

Nutritional Information is for 1 serving out of 8.


Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions until it is al dente. Drain in colander and set aside.

Either in one or two batches, depending on the size of your skillet, saute in olive oil both the onion and the Italian pork sausage. Break the sausage apart with your hands and toss it in the skillet after you have cooked the onion until translucent, breaking it apart into smaller pieces with your spatula as needed for thorough cooking but don't turn it into ground pork. Either drain the sausage/onion mixture in another colander of spoon it out of the skillet with a slotted spoon to a container when finished.

in a 13 x 9 casserole or baking dish, ladle a small amount of sauce on the bottom (spray the dish with pan spray first). Arrange 3 cups of pasta on the sauce, add half of the sausage onion mixture, half the spinach, and then half the cheese. Repeat.

Sprinkle the top layer of cheese with oregano, if desired. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove the foil for the last ten minutes of baking.

Serve.

Serving Size: Makes 6-8 serving

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