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Hungry Girl Today: 10.19.10



CHEW THE RIGHT THING



BITE IT!

HG's Takes-the-Cake Ziti Bake



Have Your Bake and Ziti Too...

When you find yourself craving a hearty and decadent pasta dish, don't

head out to your local Italian eatery -- make this! It's got real pasta and

LOADS of flavor, plus it's much lighter than anything you'll pick up at a

trattoria.



Ingredients:

5 oz. (about 1 1/2 cups) uncooked whole-wheat or high-fiber ziti or penne

pasta

1 cup thinly sliced onion

2 cups chopped brown mushrooms

1 tbsp. chopped garlic

2 cups fresh spinach

3/4 cup low-fat/light ricotta cheese

2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil

1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

2 tbsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping



Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.



Prepare pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain well, place in a

large bowl, and set aside.



Meanwhile, bring an extra-large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to

medium heat on the stove. Add onion and, stirring occasionally, cook until

slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic, and raise

temperature to medium high. Continue to cook, stirring often, until

mushrooms are soft, about 3 minutes.



Add spinach to the skillet and, stirring often, cook until spinach has wilted

and excess moisture has evaporated, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat,

and stir in ricotta cheese and basil.



Transfer contents of the skillet to the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add

tomatoes and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Toss gently to mix.



Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray, and carefully fill with

contents of the bowl. Evenly top with Parm-style topping and remaining 2

tbsp. mozzarella cheese.



Bake in the oven until entire dish is hot and cheese on top has melted, about

15 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, and then serve and enjoy!



MAKES 4 SERVINGS



Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe

Calories: 286

Fat: 7g

Sodium: 455mg

Carbs: 41g

Fiber: 5g

Sugars: 7g

Protein: 16.5g



PointsPlus® value 7*













FIGHT IT!

Baked Ziti, Average



Pasta Faux Pas

Oh, pasta. Why the cruelty? So delicious, so comfortingly starchy, yet so

calorie dense. MEAN! And when pasta is loaded up with rich sauces and

cheese -- a.k.a. the delicious stuff -- things get even worse. Before you know

it, you're up to your collo (that's Italian for neck) in calories. For example,

order Olive Garden's Five Cheese Ziti al Forno and -- presto! -- you've got

over a thousand calories and nearly 50g fat sitting in front of you. Other

places and homemade recipes aren't much better -- just LOOK at the

average stats below! So make HG's Takes-the-Cake Ziti Bake in the comfort

of your own cucina; use lightened-up cheeses, lots of veggies, and pasta with

extra fiber. See? Just because you're eating pasta baked with tasty things, it

doesn't mean you're eating a bazillion calories; it just means you've got a

fantastic no-guilt recipe. Bravo!



Serving Size: 1 order

Calories: 872

Fat: 43.5g

Sodium: 1,753mg

Carbs: 86g

Fiber: 5g

Sugars: 7.5g

Protein: 32g



PointsPlus® value 23*







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