Baked Ziti
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Baked ziti is the ultimate Italian comfort food. This classic dish is lightened up and features a pasta baked along with a tomato sauce, two kinds of cheese, and an optional ground meat.
Recipe type: casserole, pasta recipe
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 10
  • 1 lb of whole wheat ziti or penne
  • 1 lb fresh chicken Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 15-ounce container of part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup grated romano or parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 - 4 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Bring a 5-6 quart pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 5-6 minutes. The pasta should still have a bite to it after it cooks. This helps keep the pasta from getting mushy.
  2. Drain the pasta and rinse. Place the pasta into a 9 x13 baking dish.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, use a medium pan to cook the chicken sausage until no longer pink and cooked all the way through, about 7-9 minutes. As the sausage cooks break it into small pieces. When the sausage is cooked place it into the baking dish along with the pasta.
  4. In a medium bowl mix together ricotta cheese, egg, romano or parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Give it a little taste for salt. If it needs more then add ¼ teaspoon or more.
  5. Mix the ricotta cheese mixture and 3 cups of spaghetti sauce in with the pasta and sausage. The pasta should be covered with sauce and cheese mixture. If it seems dry then add in a little more sauce.
  6. Sprinkle mozzarella over the top of the ziti.
  7. Cover with foil and bake for 55 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and the baked ziti is bubbling on the sides.
sugars: 6
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1¼ cup servings Calories: 420 Fat: 18 Saturated fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 40 Fiber: 6 Protein: 25
Recipe by Organize Yourself Skinny at