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Lightened Up Pizza Pasta Bake

     
 This Lightened Up Pizza Pasta Bake has all the pizza flavors you love- with pasta!!  This is a meal the whole family will love!

8 (1 and 1/4 cup) servings

What ingredients do I need to use to make this Lightened Up Pizza Pasta Bake?

  • Rotini or penne or whole wheat rotini or penne pasta– I’ve recently discovered Fiber Gourmet Pasta! It’s my NEW favorite low point pasta!  It’s Kosher, Vegan certified, non-GMO, and has zero artificial colors or flavoring-with only 17 net carbs vs. 41g, only 100 calories vs. 210 calories, & an astounding 25g of fiber vs. for a 2g serving of regular pasta.  I’m telling you, it has the same great taste, texture but with more fiber, fewer calories, and 1/2 the points than regular pasta! You just can’t go wrong with the Fiber Gourmet Pasta- now it’s a little more expensive but it’s so worth it to me to and it may be worth it to you!! You can find it HERE on Amazon-which sells it in a 6-pack.

Another great option is the Barilla Plus pasta, which can be found at most grocery stores or HERE on Amazon in an 8 pack- its also high in protein and lower in points than most regular pasta. And if you have whole grain pasta as a zero point food you can use whole wheat since its zero points on that plan. 

  • Italian chicken sausage or turkey sausage – I like to use Isernio’s chicken sausage-it tastes just like regular sausage and it’s lower in points than turkey sausage. It’s only 7 smartpoints per pound vs. 20 smartpoints for the Jennie- O turkey sausage. Click HERE to find the nearest store that carries Isernio’s chicken sausage.  If you can’t locate that particular chicken sausage, you can use any turkey sausage as a substitute. Just adjust the points as needed. 
  • Yellow onion– finely diced
  • Hormel mini pepperoni or turkey pepperoni-diced. I like switching it up and I love using both the mini pepperoni’s as well as turkey pepperoni-which is lower in points. You’ll may want to cut the turkey pepperoni’s into quarters before adding them to the casserole. 
  • Minced garlic
  • Zero point marinara sauce– I highly recommend using my zero point marinara sauce for this recipe-it’s much lower in points than bottled pasta sauce and tastes fantastic! You can find the recipe HERE
  • Reduced fat or fat free mozzarella cheese– shredded. I use Pantry Market low moisture part skim mozzarella from Target 
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped-optional 
  • Salt and pepper– to taste 

What other toppings could I add to this Lightened Up Pizza Pasta Bake?

  • Tomatoes, diced 
  • Olives 
  • Mushrooms
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Red or green peppers, diced

How do I make this Lightened Up Pizza Pasta Bake?

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a 9×13-inch or 3- quart baking dish with non stick cooking spray; set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and until it’s very al dente. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a skillet add the chicken or turkey sausage and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking up into pieces using a spatula, until browned.

Stir in the onion to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another minute.

Add 2 cups of the zero point marinara sauce to the turkey sausage mix and stir until combined. Remove from heat. 

Combine cooked pasta and turkey sausage mixture into a large bowl. Stir to combine. Fold in 1/2 cup of the cheese. 

Pour pasta mix into prepared baking dish. Spread the remaining sauce in an even layer over the pasta.

 Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Top with mini pepperonis or turkey pepperoni, olives, and fresh parsley, if desired.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and the cheese is bubbling.

Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

 

 

Ingredients:

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray a 9×13-inch or 3- quart baking dish with non stick cooking spray; set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and until it’s very al dente. Drain.
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet add the chicken or turkey sausage and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking up into pieces using a spatula, until browned.
  • Stir in the onion to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another minute.
  • Add 2 cups of the zero point marinara sauce to the turkey sausage mix and stir until combined. Remove from heat. 
  • Combine cooked pasta and turkey sausage mixture into a large bowl. Stir to combine. Fold in 1/2 cup of the cheese. 
  • Pour pasta mix into prepared baking dish. Spread the remaining sauce in an even layer over the pasta. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Top mini pepperonis or turkey pepperoni, olives, and fresh parsley, if desired. 
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and the cheese is bubbling. Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

8 (1 and 1/4 cup) servings

4-8 PersonalPoints™ per serving  

*This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan. 

How do I know how many points this is on my WW individualized plan? 

Click the link below to go to the recipe builder. You’ll first need to sign into your WW account and then the recipe builder will upload. Be sure to edit the recipe with any ingredients that you use that are different. The recipe builder is the most accurate way to create, obtain, and track the Personal Points on your individualized plan. 

*The recipe builder link only works for WW members located in the United States. If you are located outside of the United States, you’ll need to access the WW app manually to create the recipe in the recipe builder. 

Author Notes:

  • The point values will vary depending on the brand of ingredients you use- and if you use a bottled marinara sauce vs. my zero point marinara sauce. 
Yield: 8

Lightened Up Pizza Pasta Bake

Lightened Up Pizza Pasta Bake

 This Lightened Up Pizza Pasta Bake has all the pizza flavors you love- with pasta!!  This is a meal the whole family will love!

Author: thepounddropper.com

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. uncooked, Fiber Gourmet light rotini or Barilla Plus Rotini or Penne or whole grain rotini or penne pasta - I like to use Fiber Gourmet light rotini 
  • 1 lb Isernio's Italian chicken sausage or Jennie-O Italian Turkey sausage - I use Isernio's chicken sausage 
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup or 1 oz. Hormel mini pepperoni or 15 slices turkey pepperoni, diced 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 cups zero point marinara sauce
  • 1 cup reduced fat or fat free mozzarella cheese, shredded - I use Pantry Market low moisture part skim mozzarella from Target 
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped-optional
  • 2 Tbsp diced black olives, optional  
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9x13-inch or 3- quart baking dish with non stick cooking spray; set aside.
    2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and until it's very al dente. Drain.
    3. Meanwhile, in a skillet add the chicken or turkey sausage and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking up into pieces using a spatula, until browned.
    4. Stir in the onion to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another minute.
    5. Add 2 cups of the zero point marinara sauce to the turkey sausage mix and stir until combined. Remove from heat. 
    6. Combine cooked pasta and turkey sausage mixture into a large bowl. Stir to combine. Fold in 1/2 cup of the cheese. 
    7. Pour pasta mix into prepared baking dish. Spread the remaining sauce in an even layer over the pasta. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
    8. Top mini pepperonis or turkey pepperoni, olives, and fresh parsley, if desired. 
    9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and the cheese is bubbling. Let cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

    8 (1 and 1/4 cup) servings

    4-8 PersonalPoints™ per serving*

    *This number shows the PersonalPoints™ range. The points will vary based on your individualized plan.

Notes

Smartpoints: GREEN/BLUE:

5 Smartpoints per serivng if using Fiber Gourmet pasta and Isernio's Italian chicken sausage with mini pepperoni or turkey pepperoni
6 smartpoints if using Fiber Gourmet pasta, Isernio's Italian chicken sausage with turkey pepperoni
7 Smartpoints per serving if Fiber Gourmet pasta, Isernio's Italian chicken sausage with mini pepperoni
8 smartpoints per serving if using Fiber Gourmet pasta, Jennie-o turkey sausage with mini pepperoni or turkey pepperoni 
7 Smartpoints per serving if using Barilla Plus Penne, mini pepperoni, and Isernio's chicken sausage.
6 smartpoints if using Barilla Plus Penne, Isernio's Italian chicken sausage and turkey pepperoni
8 smartpoints per serving if using Barilla Plus Penne, Jennie-o turkey sausage with mini pepperoni or turkey pepperoni 

PURPLE:

4 smartpoints per serving with whole grain pasta and turkey pepperoni 
5 smartpoints per serving if using whole grain pasta and mini pepperoni

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Amount Per Serving Calories 228Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 54mgSodium 445mgCarbohydrates 39gNet Carbohydrates 20gFiber 19gSugar 2gProtein 21g

 

Pam

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Love your recipes, but moved to calorie tracking. Which of the WW points options listed above are the calorie and nutritional break down for? Thanks!

Lindsay Kehl

Monday 14th of June 2021

Hi Pam

Great news- I provide the nutritional information for each recipe ( which is located at the bottom of every recipe) so you can use that as a reference instead of the point values when counting calories!

Enjoy!

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Wednesday 12th of May 2021

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Ellen

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Has anyone tried this with spaghetti squash?

Sabrina

Saturday 20th of February 2021

If I want to add ricotta cheese, would I just add it to the top before baking or fold it in with the mozzarella cheese?

Lindsay Kehl

Saturday 20th of February 2021

Hi Sabrina

That would be YUMMY!

You can do it either way. If you want it mixed in-then mix it in with the mozzarella. If you like it on top-yes-then add it on top prior to baking!

Thank you

Debbie Wieczorek

Sunday 14th of February 2021

Where do I find zero point marina sauce

Lindsay Kehl

Sunday 14th of February 2021

Hi Debbie.

Here’s the link for that sauce > Zero Point Marinara Sauce

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