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The Lightened-Up Baked Pasta
We know chicken sausage is a healthy alternative to pork, but if you're slicing it and tossing it with pasta on the stove, you're missing out on one of the best ways to enjoy it. It turns out sweet Italian chicken sausage is also wonderful in casseroles, as this good-for-you recipe shows. It uses just a half-cup of grated Pecorino Romano, plus fat-free ricotta and part-skim mozzarella. Then there's high-fiber or low-carb pasta, chopped spinach, marinara sauce and the chicken sausage. The result is a comforting, crowd-pleasing dish that just so happens to be under 400 calories.

Get the recipe: Baked Pasta with Sausage and Spinach