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Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“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.”
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
1Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain.
2Meanwhile, 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.
3Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
4Stir 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.
5Place the skillet under the broiler to brown the cheese, 1 to 2 minutes.