Turkey sausage recipe featured on WTOL 11 Your Day

8PointsPlus Value

Prep time: 15 min

Cook time: 35 min

Serves: 8

Here's a comfort-food classic, a dish that's sure to get everyone to the table the minute it comes out of the oven.


3/4 pound(s) uncooked turkey sausage(s), spicy-variety, casings removed

1 medium uncooked onion(s), chopped

1 medium green pepper(s), chopped

28 oz canned diced tomatoes

10 oz frozen green peas, thawed

2 Tbsp canned tomato paste

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried thyme

1/2 tsp fennel seed

1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste

1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

12 oz uncooked whole-wheat pasta, ziti, cooked according to package directions

6 oz shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


• Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.

• Crumble the sausage meat into a large saucepan and brown over medium heat, stirring often, about 4 minutes.

• Drain off any fat, then add the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.

• Stir in the tomatoes, peas, tomato paste, oregano, basil, thyme, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring often.

• Stir in the cooked pasta and half the cheese. Spread evenly into a 9- X 13-inch baking pan. Top evenly with the remaining cheese.

• Bake until the cheese has melted and the casserole is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before slicing into 8 pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving.