Saturday, April 23, 2011

Baked Ziti

Pin It If you like Italian or Lasagna you will love Baked Ziti, even if you don't like Lasagna (which I don't) you will like Baked Ziti :)

Sorry this is the only picture I have of Baked Ziti today. :(  but, here is your recipe.

Baked Ziti

Olive Oil Spray
1lb ground turkey
1 (14 1/2 ounce) box fiber-enriched ziti or penne (I use Ronzoiti whole wheat)
1 (15 ounce) fat free ricotta cheese
2 large egg whites
8 ounces finely shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
26 ounce jar of marinara sauce (I use organic no added sugar)
2 tablespoons grated reduced fat Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 F. Lightly spray a 13x9x2 ceramic or glass baking dish with olive oil spray

Cook the ziti according to directions until al dente. Drain.

In a pan brown and chop ground turkey.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the ricotta, egg whites, and all but 1 cup of the mozzarella until well combined. Add garlic powder and other seasonings. Stir in pasta, meat, and sauce until well combined.

Pour into baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese over the top.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer, or until the mozzarella is melted.

Let stand 5 minutes, cut into 8 pieces and serve.

This is very very good and healthy. I am not a fan of ricotta cheese at all but I really like this dish, the ricotta is not to strong.

It also freezes and reheats very well. Since it serves 8 we eat it for dinner the night I make it, reheat leftovers usually 2 nights later and I freeze the other 4 servings 2 servings per dish. When it is time to eat it, I pull it out of the freezer, microwave 5 minutes (in the freezer dish) divide between 2 plates and microwave about 2 more minutes and Waaa Laa Laa baked ziti as good as day 1!

Hope you all enjoy this as much as we do!

Jeanne :)

P.s. this is not turning into a cooking blog but I know my Mom is going to share on her Italian veggie kabobs and I am going to share my homemade Chinese! So stayed tuned projects will return! :)


  1. I am so glad that you posted this because it is soooooo good!!! My family will love it!!

    Can't wait for the Chinese recipe too!!! :)

  2. I don't think I've ever heard anyone before confess to not liking Lasagna. You've rocked me to my core! I better make this for some yummy comfort food. ;•)