Sausage & Mushroom Pasta Bake

Salty olives, hearty sausage and mushrooms come together for a delicious pasta bake the whole family will love.
    • Makes: 8 large servings
    • Prep Time: 25 minutes
    • Cook Time: 45 minutes
    • Difficulty Rating: Easy
  • Nutrition Highlights: A half cup of cooked mushrooms contains only 20 calories.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (12 ounces) whole-wheat penne, uncooked
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup trumpet mushrooms
  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 12-14 ounces fully cooked smoked turkey sausage, cut into ½-inch half-moon slices
  • 1 can sliced black olives, drained
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 jar thick pasta sauce
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Clean all mushrooms. Trim just 1/8-inch stem from trumpet mushrooms and cut into thick slices.
  3. In a large 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add all sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly soft, about 5 to 8 minutes. Drain liquid.
  4. While mushrooms cook, toss cooked penne, sausage, olives, Parmesan and 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese in large bowl. Stir in pasta sauce and whipping cream. Lightly stir in mushrooms and place in greased 3-quart casserole dish. Cover tightly with foil.
  5. Cook 30 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake additional 10 to 15 minutes until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.