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.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
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
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
¾ cup Italian blend shredded cheese
Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain.
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.
Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
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.
Place the skillet under the broiler to brown the cheese, 1 to 2 minutes.
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; 2,132 IU vitamin A; 44 mg vitamin C; 272 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 702 mg sodium; 763 mg potassium
Vitamin C (73% daily value), Vitamin A (43% dv), Iron (28% dv), Calcium (27% dv)
Carbohydrate Servings: 4
Exchanges: 3 starch, 3 vegetable, 2 lean meat, ½ medium fat meat
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
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
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.
Cons: Needed more flavor