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Easy Pumpkin-Pasta Bake

Easy Pumpkin-Pasta BakePumpkin, a common ingredient used in a variety of savory Italian dishes, provides an excellent source of vitamin A and fiber.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (14.5-ounce) package whole wheat penne or other short-cut pasta, prepared according to package directions
Nonstick cooking spray
1 pound (about 4 links) fresh sweet or spicy lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 (24 to 26-ounce) jar marinara sauce
1 (15-ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1/2 cup water or dry red or white wine
4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese - divided use
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray 3-quart casserole dish or 13x9x2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cook sausage in large skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in marinara sauce (reserve jar). Add water or wine to jar; cover and shake. Pour into skillet along with pumpkin and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese. Stir well. Stir in prepared pasta. Spoon into prepared dish. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese; cover.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Carefully remove cover; bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Makes 10 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/10 of recipe): Calories: 290 Calories from Fat: 80 Total Fat: 9 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Cholesterol: 35 mg Sodium: 520 mg Carbohydrates: 40 g Dietary Fiber: 7 g Sugars: 5 g Protein: 18 g.

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® and, used with permission.