Baked Ziti Redux

I absolutely love baked ziti.  It is one of my all time favorites.  However, it is not so…well, as Rachael Ray would say, “Figure Friendly.”  I decided to revisit and healthy it up! 

Baked Ziti (the healthier way)

1 lb. whole grain pasta (I used Barilla Plus Penne) cooked
3/4 lb. ground turkey
2 cups pasta sauce, divided
1 15 oz. container part skim ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided (I always use fresh) plus more for topping
Salt and pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350. 
  • Season the turkey with salt and pepper and brown in a non-stick skillet. 
  • Transfer to plate.
  • Add half of the cooked pasta to a baking dish lightly lined with pasta sauce.
  • Add half the ricotta cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella, 1 cup of pasta sauce and half the ground turkey to the pasta.
  • Mix well to combine.
  • Repeat with the rest of the pasta, turkey, and ricotta.  Add the other cup of mozzarella and sauce.
  • Mix again to combine.
  • Top with sliced mozzarella.
  • Bake covered for 20 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes until cheese on top is melted.

2 Responses to “Baked Ziti Redux”

  1. 1 CB February 27, 2008 at 12:27 am

    and what is the consensus on the healthier version? Does it taste healthier or just as good? DETAILS WOMAN! haha

  2. 2 Andrea February 27, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Oh yeah, I probably should have said that. It tastes just as good to me. The turkey is not as overpowering as ground beef, so the flavor is nicer for me.

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