Healthier Baked Ziti


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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
10 servings


  • 1 pound ziti pasta

  • 1 bunch fresh spinach, or more to taste

  • ¾ cup reduced-fat sour cream

  • 1 pound Italian turkey sausage

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce

  • 1 head broccoli, cut into florets

  • 6 ounces smoked fresh mozzarella cheese, diced

  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

485 Calories
16g Fat
61g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 485
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 1088mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 41mg 206%
Calcium 262mg 20%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 1062mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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