Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti

Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine March/April 2013

This healthy baked ziti recipe doesn't require any chopping and is made on the stovetop, so it is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Using whole-wheat pasta adds fiber; opt for penne if whole-wheat ziti is hard to find.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne or ziti
  • 1 16-ounce bag frozen pepper and onion mix (not thawed)
  • 6 ounces turkey sausage (2 large links), crumbled
  • 2 8-ounce cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup Italian blend shredded cheese


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  1. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add frozen vegetables and sausage; cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid from the vegetables has evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  4. Stir tomato sauce, garlic powder, oregano and salt into the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in cottage cheese and the pasta. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Place the skillet under the broiler to brown the cheese, 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 1/2 cups
  • Per serving: 408 calories; 10 g fat(4 g sat); 11 g fiber; 58 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 68 mcg folate; 48 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 2132 IU vitamin A; 44 mg vitamin C; 272 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 702 mg sodium; 763 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (85% daily value), Vitamin A (44% dv), Magnesium (32% dv), Calcium (27% dv), Zinc (25% dv), Iron & Potassium (24% dv), Folate (17% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 4
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 1/2 medium fat meat

Reviews 3

May 20, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Good Weeknight Meal I made this exactly as described and it was a good weeknight meal that I will likely make again. My only criticism is the texture of the cottage cheese; it was a little chunky for my liking. I may process it in the food processor before adding next time in order to get a smoother texture. Otherwise, this was great and had a lot of flavor!
April 09, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Quick & Tasty Meal I can't stand recipes that use only a partial box of pasta so I used the whole box - 12 oz. I also used a whole package (4 links) of Amylu Sundried Tomato & Basil Chicken Sausage. The dish turned out great. I started the pasta and then worked on the other directions and everything got done cooking at exactly the right moment. Pros: quick, easy, tasty, leftovers
March 08, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Good weeknight dinner I made a few changes. I used 8 ounces of sweet/hot Italian sausage; the bag of frozen veggies was only 12 ounces; one 14-ounce jar of pizza sauce; and 5 ounces of Italian 6-blend cheese. After making the 'sauce' I added the cooked ziti but 8 ounces was way too much so I probably only used 4 to 5 ounce. It may not have been as healthy but it was a good weeknight dinner and quite easy. Pros: Easy Cons: Needed more flavor