Monday, September 19, 2011

Sausage Spinach Pasta Bake ~ Taste of Home Contest Winner

This recipe came from a friend and fellow food blogger, Veronica, you can see her blog HERE.
I have made several of her recipes in the past and not been dissapointed. If you visit her blog, make sure you have a snack ready, and maybe a drool cloth.
I entered this in a Taste of Home contest on a whim after changing it around a bit to make it a little lighter, and never really gave her the credit she deserved for it. ( actually, my son was just starting to walk at the time, and life was very hectic, i really spaced where it had come from)  
To make a long story short, it won me $400, and was publishes in Healthy Cooking Magazine. I was thrilled and shocked to take second place, never had i won a cooking contest before!
You can see and "like" the recipe HERE on the Taste of Home website.


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic. Cook 1 minute longer; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, basil and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  • Drain pasta; stir into turkey mixture. Add spinach and cream; heat through. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 10 servings.


  • 1 package (16 ounces) whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Anonymous said...

Looks yummy! Hope this comment counts for the DiGiorno give-away! ;) Love your recipes & pics!

Mommy Powers!
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Desserts In My Kitchen said...

Congrads!! Congrads!! Congrads!! That looks wonderful, and I love spinach.

Veronica said...

Kim, I'm so sorry, I saw your last post on wordpress that you were moving back to blogger, but since I was already subscribed, I didn't think I needed to do anything. I was wondering why I hadn't been getting any updates and thought you weren't posting. So I decided to check and saw this! So I apologize for getting behind. Thanks for the credit, but you made it your own and you deserved to win! Besides, it wasn't my original recipe anyway and the lady I got it from had gotten it from somewhere else. So take the credit for yourself! :) You did good.

Patti said...

Kim, thank you so much for the lovely comments. I've just joined your site and I'm loving that pasta!

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