This easy and comforting dish is made healthier with turkey sausage, lots of great veggies, and less cheese than traditional baked ziti.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

485 calories; protein 24g 48% DV; carbohydrates 61g 20% DV; fat 16.2g 25% DV; cholesterol 61.2mg 20% DV; sodium 1088.1mg 44% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2016
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 ziti taste. After reviewing the previous reviewers I added additional seasoning. I thought it was a good compromise of healthy and tasty and my family loved it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2016
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 additional spices and a little salt. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2016
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 ziti taste. After reviewing the previous reviewers I added additional seasoning. I thought it was a good compromise of healthy and tasty and my family loved it! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2016
This was very good and could be turned into a completely vegetarian meal by removing the Italian turkey sausage. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2017
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 broccoli while they were cooking. I also added aged Parmesan cheese to the sour cream and spinach mixture. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/15/2016
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 additional spices and a little salt. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/15/2019
I haven t tried this recipe yet.but there s a way that a friend showed a different way to make baked ziti.do it rotini instead of the ziti noodles.. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2018
Made this for a group of friends Everyone loved it I used whole wheat pasta Will definitely make this one again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2018
Awesome ingredients. Ok recipe. Used less than the veggies than the recipe called for. Still turned out great. But had to use two baking pans. I also added Parmesan cheese. I Also took the sausage out of the skin. I also cooked longerThink In future May leave broccoli out and add more spinach. Delicious result though. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2020
I had a big group to feed so I split into two casserole dishes and used 16 oz shredded cheese. I only had colby jack but it worked just fine. Everyone loved it. One of the best pasta dishes I've ever made. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2017
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 refrigerator. I always add either spinach (usually frozen with water squeezed out) or kale usually a red pepper and I also like zucchini in this recipe and mushrooms. Don't usually do the broccoli but if I do I cut it up fairly small add when I add the carrots I cut them up into matchsticks also add a can of no salt added tomatoes which I don't think is in the original recipe. Since I usually don't have sour cream but always have plain low fat yogurt I usually sub that. Still without those minor switches this is a delicious crowd pleaser that is often requested by my kids and grandkids. Read More