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Baked Bow-Tie Pasta with Mozzarella

You know it's a Halloween dinner when tasty bow-tie pasta and melted mozzarella becomes "Bats and Cobwebs."

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bow-tie pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, in puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • 2 precooked chicken sausages, about 3 ounces each, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat oil over medium. Add garlic; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer; cook, stirring and breaking up tomatoes until slightly thickened, 5 to 8 minutes. Season with salt.

  3. Step 3

    Add pasta, sausage, and half the mozzarella; toss to combine. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake until bubbly and top is lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with Romaine Salad.

Source
Everyday Food, October 2006

Reviews (18)

  • 19 Jan, 2009

    I think having nutritional values would be great, but it make adding recipes to the website more cumbersome for those who work with it. As the wife of a long time diabetic who attended nutrition classes with her husband, I would say that if you have health issues and have not attended a class you need to. To those who have attended the classes, all of the ingredients are listed so please exercise your judgement when deciding when and if to use a recipe or if you could substitute something.

  • 1 Nov, 2008

    I would think if you have a medical condition that is impacted by what you eat (which I do), you should be familiar with how to adjust recipes to fit your diet. For example, use whole wheat pasta, low sodium tomatoes and cut down or use reduced fat cheese and add some veggies. This will help the nutritional values a great deal.

  • 1 Nov, 2008

    I've had type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and am currently on an insulin pump. For this recipe, I would use the nutritional information on the side of the pasta box and the info on the canned tomatoes to help me figure out how many carbs are in this.

  • 31 Oct, 2008

    Instead of looking for squid ink, just add food color to your boiling water to make it a very dark color add your pasta and cook as directed. Looks creepy!

  • 31 Oct, 2008

    Instead of looking for squid ink, just add food color to your boiling water to make it a very dark color add your pasta and cook as directed. Looks creepy!

  • 31 Oct, 2008

    Instead of looking for squid ink, just add food color to your boiling water to make it a very dark color add your pasta and cook as directed. Looks creepy!

  • 31 Oct, 2008

    This is a fantastic idea - I'm going to search out a bowtie colored with squid ink for next year - how wonderful to have black bats, red sauce, and white gooey cheese! A long tradition in our house is Werewolf chili - just made by following the directions on the Lawry's seasoning packet and using ground turkey and canned kidney beans...

  • 31 Oct, 2008

    I think it's pretty easy to figure out the nutrtional value of this dish; pasta is high carb, high sugar. Chicken sausages are lower fat than meat but HIGH sodium. Tomatoe sauce is healthy but canned is high sodium. Cheese is high fat but good for calcium.

  • 31 Oct, 2008

    If you have health problems or dietary issues, you should be well aware of the nutritional values of foods - if you are a diabetic, don't eat too many carbs or sugar. Look at the recipe and figure it out. If there's a lot of butter or cheese, then there's probably a high fat content. Please don't continue to post if you're not commenting about the recipe. Send your comment directly to the website where it is more likely to be read by someone who can make a change.

  • 30 Oct, 2008

    This dish is delicious and a lot of fun for kids. I love how it's geared towards the Halloween spirit! To some of the other people who have commented, I think if you did a little homework, you could probably figure out the nutritional components of this dish. People don't want to hear about your issues, they just want a review of the recipe.

  • 30 Oct, 2008

    This dish is delicious and a lot of fun for kids. I love how it's geared towards the Halloween spirit! To some of the other people who have commented, I think if you did a little homework, you could probably figure out the nutritional components of this dish. People don't want to hear about your issues, they just want a review of the recipe.

  • 24 Jan, 2008

    What are the nutritional values of this meal?

  • 20 Jan, 2008

    I love this recipe. My 10 year-old daughter makes it every other week. It's simple, and delicious. She serves it with steamed brocolli and a tossed salad.

  • 15 Jan, 2008

    Nutritional info would be very helpful for those who are watching our weight or medical conditions.

  • 30 Dec, 2007

    Easy and delicious, one of my favorites !

  • 17 Dec, 2007

    I concur about nutritiounal guidelines....as a diabetic, when there is no info, i usually just skip a recipe without this info.

  • 14 Dec, 2007

    What a great idea- nutritional values are the guide lines of not only diabetics but the rest of us who care what we eat and give others to eat. Here's to a healthier New Year.

  • 27 Nov, 2007

    It would really be nice if these recipes showed the nutritional values. I, for one, have Type II Diabetes and watch my carbohydrates and sugars, etc.