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Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella


  • Author: Alicia Calvo, MPH, RDN, CDCES, CEDRD
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 mintues
  • Total Time: 30 minute
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This quick and simple pasta dish brings home the Italian flavors of fresh tomato sauce, basil, and fresh buffalo mozzarella.  It is a family’s favorite meal and its presentation is colorful and beautiful.


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Ingredients

1 lb. whole wheat pasta

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 garlic cloves, chopped

12 Roma tomatoes, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup Sherry cooking wine

4 oz. fresh basil, coarsely sliced

16 oz. fresh baby Buffalo mozzarella balls (ciliegine, drained and cut in half)

Parmesan cheese to taste


Instructions

  1. Boil pasta as directed.  Drain and place in a large pasta bowl.
  2. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil.
  3. Sauté chopped garlic until lightly browned.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add Sherry wine and simmer until tomatoes are lightly softened or until desired doneness.
  6. Add fresh basil.
  7. Toss sauce, pasta, and buffalo mozzarella in pasta bowl.  Add Parmesan cheese to taste.
  8. Serve with Italian chopped salad.

Bon Appétit!


Notes

Serving size:  2 cups

Nutrition Information per serving:

Calories:  460

Grams Carbohydrate: 43

Grams Protein:  20

Grams Fat:  17

Equivalents:  2 Starches, 3 Lean Proteins, 3 Vegetables

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Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage Bolognese with Gnocchi


  • Author: Alicia Calvo, MPH, RDN, CDCES, CEDRD
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

A savory, quick recipe for a family dinner or a romantic dinner for two.  Bon Appetite!


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Ingredients

16 oz. Gnocchi

1 lb. Spicy Italian Chicken Sausage, ground

1 jar Roasted garlic tomato sauce

Fresh Parmesan Cheese, to taste


Instructions

  1. Boil gnocchi as directed on package and strain.
  2. Brown Italian chicken sausage.
  3. Add tomato sauce to cooked sausage.
  4. Serve gnocchi topped with spicy Italian chicken sausage Bolognese in pasta bowls.
  5. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil.  Serve with a salad and steamed broccoli.

Notes

Serving Size:  1 cup Gnocchi and 1 cup Bolognese

Calories:  332

Grams Carbohydrate:  44

Grams Protein:  26

Grams Fat:  5

Equivalents:  3 lean proteins, 2 starches

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Lasagna


  • Author: Alicia Calvo, MPH, RDN, CDCES, CEDRD
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 90
  • Yield: 12 1x

Description

A delicious Italian home cooked meal for a family dinner or party. Can be prepared a day ahead and baked off an hour before serving.


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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Lasagna noodles
  • ½ pound ground turkey, white meat
  • ½ pound sweet Italian pork or turkey sausage
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar tomato & basil sauce
  • 1 (16 oz.) LF ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan, Asia go, Fontana, mild provolone cheese blend (TJ)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, brown turkey and sausage over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up meat into crumbles. Drain.
  3. Stir in 1 cup tomato sauce. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, and bring to a boil, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spread ½ cup tomato sauce into an ungreased 13×9-in. baking dish. Layer with four noodles and a third of the ricotta cheese. Sprinkle with ¼ cup mozzarella cheese and 2 Tbsp. parmesan cheese mix. Repeat layers three times and top with remaining four noodles. Pour remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Serving size: 3”X3”
  • Equivalents: 1.5 Starch, 3 ounces medium fat protein
  • Calories: 296
  • Grams Carbohydrate: 25
  • Grams Protein: 22
  • Grams Fat: 11

 

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Penne Pasta with Portobello Mushroom and Pesto Sauce


  • Author: Christine Goukasian, MS, RDN
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45
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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. Portobello mushrooms
  • 12 oz. whole grain penne pasta
  • 2 cups 1% milk
  • Creamy pesto sauce (Knorr) 2 packets
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Instructions

  1. Wash 2 lb. of Portobello mushrooms. Cut into 1-inch squares and place into large pan on high heat and cover. Allow the mushrooms to cook for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add penne pasta into the pot. Cook on medium for 10 minutes. Then take out pasta and add onto cooked mushrooms.
  3. In a saucepan add 2 cups of water, 2 packets pesto sauce and 1 tbsp. olive oil and bring to a boil, stirring consistently. Once boiling, add the pesto sauce to cover the pasta and mushrooms. Stir and allow cooling for 5-10 minutes.

Notes

  • Serving size:  2 cups
  • Calories 232
  • Grams Fat: 4.5g
  • Grams Carbohydrates: 46
  • Grams Protein: 12
  • Grams Fiber: 7
  • Exchanges: 2 Starches, 2 Vegetables, 1 Fat

 

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Campanelle with Italian Chicken Sausage, Broccoli and Roma Tomatoes


  • Author: Francesca Calvo, Daughter and Alicia Calvo, MPH, RDN, CDCES, CEDRD
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Total Time: 60
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Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Campanelle Pasta
  • 1 lb. Italian Chicken Sausage
  • 1 lb. Broccoli
  • 3 Roma Tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped Basil
  • 1 ½ cup Classico Vodka Sauce
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese, to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta as directed on package and strain.
  2. Brown Italian chicken sausage.
  3. Cook broccoli, tomatoes, basil over medium heat until adente.
  4. Add Italian chicken sausage and vegetable mixture to cooked pasta.
  5. Mix in vodka sauce thoroughly over medium heat.
  6. Serve immediately in pasta bowls. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil.

Notes

  • Serving Size: 2 cups
  • Serves: 8
  • Calories: 355
  • Grams Carbohydrate: 50
  • Grams Protein: 20
  • Grams Fat: 22
  • Equivalents: 3 lean proteins, 2 starches, 1 vegetable, 1 fat

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8

 

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Manicotti Stuffed with Spinach and Cheese


  • Author: Alicia Calvo, MPH, RDN, CDCES, CEDRD
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 75

Description

Delicious meal for the whole family.


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Ingredients

  • 116 oz. box Manicotti
  • 124 oz. jar Marinara sauce
  • 28 oz. bags fresh Spinach
  • 12 oz. fresh part-skim Ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz. fresh Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Fresh Basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Then drain.
  3. In a 6 qt. pot, cook spinach over medium heat. Remove form heat and let cool.
  4. Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce on the bottom of 9 X 13 Pyrex.
  5. Mix ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan and spinach.
  6. Fill the manicotti and line in prepared Pyrex.
  7. Top with remaining sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Notes

  • Serving size: 3 Stuffed Manicotti
  • Calories: 440
  • Grams Carbohydrates: 60
  • Grams Protein: 25
  • Grams Fat: 10
  • Equivalents: 3 Dairy Proteins, 3 Vegetables, 2 Starches

 

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LINGUINI WITH CLAM SAUCE


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Ingredients

  • 2 cans (6 ½ oz.) minced clams (drain one can only)
  • ½ lb. of medium peeled shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp. light margarine or light butter
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1½ tsp. chopped garlic (available in the produce section of the market in a jar)
  • ¼ cup white cooking wine
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 89 oz. linguini pasta-either dry or fresh (fresh available in deli section of all markets-cooks more quickly)
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Fill large pan with water and heat to boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender (Fresh pasta will cook in 3-5 minutes, dry pasta in 7-10 minutes).
  2. Drain in colander and rinse with cold water.
  3. Place in pan and cover with lid to keep warm.
  4. Melt lite margarine and olive oil in sauté pan.
  5. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  6. Add wine, pepper, shrimp, clams and clam juice from one can only.
  7. Cook for 2 minutes. Add parsley.
  8. Pour over Linguini and toss with cheese.

Notes

  • Serving size: 1 1/2 – 2 cups
  • Calories: 425
  • Carbohydrates: 32 g
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Fat: 14 g

Equivalents

  • 2 Starch, 4 oz. Lean Protein and 1 Fat