Italian Sausage Puttanesca

Submitted by: Charlene Boucher-Feuffel
If you're in the mood for something spicy rather than creamy, this is it. For a little less heat, use mild turkey Italian sausage instead of hot.

Serves: 4

Preparation time:
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Ingredients

1 box whole wheat penne pasta
8 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage (5 small Italian sausage or 3 big)

1 cup chopped onion 

1 cup chopped green bell pepper 

3 garlic cloves, minced 

Cooking spray 

28oz cans no salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped 

1/2 cup halved pitted kalamata olives 

1 small can tomato paste 

1 tablespoon capers, drained 

1 teaspoon anchovy paste 

1/2 cup (2 ounces) finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Method

Preheat oven to 400°.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.

Remove casings from sausage. Place sausage, onion, pepper, and garlic in a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; sauté 8 minutes, stirring to crumble.

Add tomatoes, olives, tomato paste, capers, and anchovy paste to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add pasta, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

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