I loved that the peppers were still whole and had that nice char to them. I've found some jarred roasted red peppers don't have that and the flavor is just not there. The dish I added them to comes from Weight Watchers and is filled with lots of good for you ingredients. You could amp-up the nutrition by using whole wheat pasta, but I opted not to do that as I was serving the whole family and they have not totally accepted the whole wheat pasta just yet. Occasionally, I can get it past them but not always.
Just about everyone enjoyed it... as I have mentioned before, My Oldest is going through a picky phase (yes, that can still happen at nearly 9 years old it seems), so he picked out what he liked and left the rest. I still stand by making only one meal for the family and either you eat it or you don't. No special meals here. Eventually, he'll come back around, I think for him it's more of declaring some kind of independence right now. I'm not worried because he does eat a pretty varied diet in general.
So, this is a tasty recipe that won't immediately go to your hips and may offset some of the indulging you've done recently. Check the fridge and add what you have and if you have access to a ShopRite store, pick up a bottle of their imported roasted red peppers. I am sure you'll be pleased with the quality.
Rigatoni with Creamy Sausage Sauce
Adapted from: Weight Watchers
8 ounces uncooked rigatoni
1/8 teaspoon table salt
8 ounces raw turkey sausage, casings removed (I used about 3 links of sweet turkey sausage)
8 ounces mushrooms, quartered (use whatever variety you prefer)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
2 cups loosely packed fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup sliced roasted red bell peppers
1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon back pepper, freshly ground
Cook pasta according to package instructions.
In a large non-stick skillet, cook sausage stirring and breaking it into chunks as it cooks. Once browned - about 3 minutes - remove sausage to a bowl. Add mushrooms to the skillet and sauté until until lightly browned and softened. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
In a measuring cup, whisk together flour and milk until smooth; stir into skillet with roasted red peppers, salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil and simmer until thickened - about 3 minutes. Stir in the sausage and spinach. Remove from heat and allow the spinach to wilt.
Finally, add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet and stir until pasta is coated with sauce and the ingredients are thoroughly tossed together.
About 2 cups per serving with a Points Plus value of 11.
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