So, I know I’m not the only one who struggles with getting her kids to eat their veggies, right? Well, I have gotten into the habit of steaming and pureeing a lot of my veggies and adding them to recipes, which you have seen in my Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe before. However, this time, we will be adding more veggies to a pasta sauce! I said this recipe was on a budget because I bought my pasta sauce and pasta in bulk at Costco. I used the Whole Grain Rotini pasta from Barilla and the 100% natural HeartSmart Prego Traditional Italian sauce. Also, I used Jennie-O Sweet Italian turkey sausage that I purchased as a Buy One Get One Free Item at my local Jewel (it is still on sale at this moment!). So, here is the recipe:
One package Jennie-O Sweet Italian turkey sausage
One 13.25 oz. box of Barilla Whole Grain Rotina pasta
One 4 lb. 3 oz. jar of Prego 100% natural Heart Smart Traditional Italian Sauce
One cup of cauliflower puree (to make this, just steam one frozen bag of cauliflower and puree in food processor- frozen steamable Birdseye vegetables are on sale 10 for $10 at Jewel right now!)
1. Boil turkey sausage in a medium sized pan for about 30-40 minutes on medium high.
2. As turkey sausage is boiling, put water on high for pasta in a large sized pan. Once water is boiling, add entire box of pasta. Let boil and drain according to instructions. Return pasta to pot and cover.
3. Empty Prego sauce into another medium sized pot. Add once cup of cauliflower puree and stir until well-blended. Simmer sauce on low for 15-20 minutes.
4. After 30-40 minutes, remove turkey sausage from water and slice into about 1/4 in. slices. Brown these in a pan coated with Pam non-stick spray. Add turkey to sauce when done browning.
5. Simmer sauce for another 5 minutes or so and add to pasta. Stir it all up and serve!
Feel free to do steps 1-3 simultaneously…I just had no better way to order it for a recipe format! Also, remember, the ingredients I use here are ALL NATURAL and GOOD FOR YOU! Plus, you have the added bonus of more veggies in this recipe and you cannot tell AT ALL that there is a cauliflower puree in the sauce…it adds no weird taste or anything- I promise!
This recipe served my family of 4 (2 adults and 2 small children) for 3 meals! I like to eat it the night I prepare it, the next night for leftovers, and then freeze the 3rd helping for later use!
ENJOY and LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!