Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti


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.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each


  • 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


  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 Facts (per serving)

408 Calories
10g Fat
58g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 408
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Vitamin A 2132IU 43%
Vitamin C 44mg 49%
Folate 68mcg 17%
Sodium 702mg 31%
Calcium 272mg 21%
Iron 5mg 25%
Magnesium 125mg 30%
Potassium 763mg 16%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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