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Pizza Pasta

Serves 8.


    When the classic cherished flavours of pizza meet pasta you have a recipe for a lunch that will garner you praise from your school-bound tykes. To up the nutritional ante, consider serving the pasta mixture on a bed of spinach.


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    Pizza Pasta


    • 1 lb (450 g) whole grain or gluten-free fusilli or rotini pasta
    • 1 lb (450 g) turkey sausage
    • 6 oz (170 g) bocconcini, roughly chopped
    • 1 pint (550 mL) grape tomatoes, quartered
    • 1/2 cup (125 mL; about 2 oz/60 g) pitted kalamata olives, sliced (optional)
    • 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) sliced fresh basil, or to taste
    • 3 Tbsp (45 mL) extra-virgin olive oil or camelina oil
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp (22 mL) red wine vinegar
    • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground black pepper


    Per serving:

    • calories402
    • protein21g
    • fat16g
      • saturated fat5g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates45g
      • sugars1g
      • fibre1g
    • sodium341mg



    In large pot of simmering water, prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot. Let cool to room temperature.


    Remove sausage from casing and heat in skillet over medium heat, crumbling sausage as it cooks.


    Add sausage to pasta along with bocconcini, tomatoes, olives, and basil. Whisk together oil, vinegar, oregano, and black pepper. Toss dressing with pasta mixture.



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