Better-For-You Baked Ziti



baked ziti

Baked ziti is a comfort food staple. But with loads of full-fat ricotta, mozzarella and sometimes even sour cream too, one serving can rack up the calories and saturated fat.

Flavor soars in this slimmed-down version made with part-skim cheeses, oregano, thyme, garlic and onion. The baked pasta is a great choice for a make-ahead meal or a potluck dinner.

Better-For-You Baked Ziti

Serves 8

1 pound ziti

15 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese

1 1/2 cups part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cups pasta or marinara sauce, divided

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the ziti according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the ricotta, 1 cup of the mozzarella, oregano, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.

Spoon 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Arrange half of the ziti over the sauce. Top with the ricotta mixture and spread out in an even layer. Top the cheese layer with 1/2 cup of the sauce. Top with remaining ziti, remaining cup of sauce and remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.

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