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Baked Whole Wheat Spaghetti Casserole With Turkey Sausage

Great dish for feeding a crowd. Freezes well.

Prep
Cook
Serves 8people
Ingredients
8
ozs whole wheat spaghetti, broken into thirds
1
tsp salt, for pasta cooking water
2
tsp. olive oil
1/2
cup finely chopped onion
2
tbs minced garlic (or less)
1
pkg. (5 links - 1 1/2 lb.) sweet turkey italian sausage
3
cups (24 oz.) homemade or jarred pasta sauce
2
cups low-fat cottage cheese
2
eggs, beaten
1
tsp Italian seasoning (a blend of dried basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, and rosemary)
1 1/2
cups grated low-fat Mozzarella
Directions
1.
Preheat oven to 375 F.
2.
Spray an 8"x8"x3" casserole dish with non-stick spray.
3.
Break the spaghetti into thirds.
4.
Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil, add the salt, then add the pasta and cook until pasta is barely done (a little less than package directions.) Drain pasta well.
5.
While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a non-stick frying pan with high sides.
6.
Add the onion and saute about 5 minutes, until it's softened and starting to brown.
7.
Add the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more.
8.
Then add the Sweet Turkey Italian Sausage, squeezing it out of the links. Cook sausage until it's nicely browned, breaking apart with a turner (or potato masher) as it cooks. (You might need a little more oil, depending on your pan.)
9.
When the sausage is well-browned, add the pasta sauce and cook at a low simmer until the sauce is very thick, about 15-20 minutes.
10.
Stir the beaten eggs and Italian seasoning into the cottage cheese and measure out the grated mozzarella.
11.
In the casserole dish, make layers with 1/2 the cooked spaghetti, 1/2 the reduced sauce/sausage mixture. 1/2 the cottage cheese/egg mixture, and 1/2 the grated Mozzarella. Make another layer each of spaghetti, sauce/sausage mixture, cottage cheese/egg mixture, and mozzarella.
12.
Bake the casserole uncovered about 30-35 minutes, or until it's bubbling and the top is nicely browned. Let sit for 5 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.
13.
This freezes well, so you can pull it out on those nights you need some comfort. It can also be kept in the refrigerator for at least a week.

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