Vegetarian Baked Ziti


Baked ziti is one of our family favorites; I developed this to serve at dinner when a good friend who is a vegetarian comes over.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
12 servings


  • cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cups cubed eggplant

  • 2 cups cubed zucchini

  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cubed

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta

  • 1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 1 (15 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes

  • ½ cup non-dairy Parmesan cheese substitute

  • 1 (16 ounce) package sliced fresh mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and salt; stir to combined.

  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.

  4. Mix spaghetti sauce and diced tomatoes together in a medium bowl.

  5. Spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture in the bottom of the prepared casserole. Layer ingredients as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, 1/2 of the vegetable mixture, 1/2 of the Parmesan substitute, 1/2 of the mozzarella slices, 1/2 of the remaining sauce, all of the remaining ziti, all of the remaining vegetables, all of the remaining Parmesan substitute, and all of the remaining sauce. Set remaining mozzarella slices aside.

  6. Cover loosely and bake in the preheated oven until bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, uncover, and top with remaining mozzarella slices. Return to the oven and bake, uncovered, until cheese is melted and slightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes longer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
14g Fat
47g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 867mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 26mg 128%
Calcium 348mg 27%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 595mg 13%

* 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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