Lets Make A Healthier Cheese Pasta

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Jul. 24, 2013

Pastas are an integral part of the popular Italian cuisine and just as people experiment with rice in Asia, the Italians create innumerable varieties of pasta dishes. The range of pastas available in the market today, is itself staggering. Here's a winning combination of some typical Italian ingredients to produce a wholesome pasta meal.

Ingredients

Whole wheat pasta/Any pasta of your choice 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Skimmed milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Reduced sodium alfredo sauce 10 Ounce
Low fat low sodium provolone cheese 10 Ounce , shredded, divided
Fresh basil leaves 2 Tablespoon , finely chopped
Tomatoes 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs) , chopped (Divided)
Salt To Taste
Pepper To Taste
Dried herbs 1/2 Teaspoon
Italian style bread crumbs 1 Tablespoon (Leveled)

Directions

GETTING READY

1. Heat oven to 350ºF.

2. Grease the casserole.

3. Cook the pasta 'al dante' by dropping in boiling water (with a pinch of salt a drop of oil) and for about 5-8 minutes. Drain and layer it at the bottom of the greased casserole.

MAKING

4. In medium saucepan, heat milk and stir in the Alfredo sauce; stir in 2 tablespoons basil, major part of the shredded cheese and lastly 1 cup of the chopped tomatoes and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Once the cheese begins to melt and the sauce thickens, pour it into the casserole spreading evenly across the pasta layer.

6. Sprinkle the remaining tomatoes on top.

7. Bake uncovered for 30 to 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. In small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and dried herbs; sprinkle over the top along with remaining shredded cheese.

SERVING

8. Serve hot along with toasted herb garlic bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Ready In: 50 Minutes
Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 337Calories from Fat 91

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 10 g15.4%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 468 mg19.5%

Total Carbohydrates 54 g18%

Dietary Fiber 7 g28%

Sugars 7 g

Protein 14 g28%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet