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Healthier Baked Ziti

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars

"This easy and comforting dish is made healthier with turkey sausage, lots of great veggies, and less cheese than traditional baked ziti."
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1 h 20 m servings 485
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook ziti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain and transfer pasta to a bowl and toss with spinach and sour cream.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir sausage, onion, carrots, and garlic until onion is translucent and sausage is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Add spaghetti sauce and broccoli to sausage mixture and simmer until sauce mixture is heated through, about 15 minutes.
  4. Layer 1/2 of the ziti mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish. Spread 1/2 of the fresh mozzarella cheese, 1/2 of the sauce mixture, the remaining ziti mixture, and fresh mozzarella cheese, respectively, into the baking dish. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the dish. Cover dish with aluminum foil.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until cheeses have melted, about 20 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and cook until top is lightly browned, about 10 minutes more.


  • Partner tip: Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 485 calories; 16.2 61 24 61 1088 Full nutrition

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Great recipe. I used pre-cut matchstick carrots for ease and although it did not call for it, I added a small container of ricotta mixed with one egg to give it more of the traditional baked zi...

This was very good and could be turned into a completely vegetarian meal by removing the Italian turkey sausage.

Love this! I read the recipe and then winged it. It's hard to mess this one up. I added salt and pepper and my favorite Italian seasoning blend to the meat, onions, garlic, and carrots and brocc...

I liked incorporating all of the vegetables in this, and it can be put together very easily. However, we found this to be too bland for our tastes. I will make again with extra garlic, additiona...

This is now my go to pasta casserole recipe. The turkey sausage adds a great flavor and I incorporate as many vegetables as possible, but you can tweak it based on what you have in your refriger...