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Lighter Three Cheese Baked Ziti

Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 431kcal


Baked Ziti

  • 4 cups cooked pasta recommended: ziti or penne
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups marinara sauce preferably homemade (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese divided
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese divided

Marinara Sauce (makes about 4 cups)

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed or ground peeled tomatoes
  • 1 6- ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a casserole dish or 6 8-ounce oven-safe ramekins with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, ricotta, marinara sauce, ½ cup of the mozzarella cheese, and ¼ cup of the Parmesan cheese. Stir to mix well. Spread the pasta into the prepared dish or ramekins and sprinkle evenly with the remaining ½ cup mozzarella and ¼ cup of the parmesan. Bake until the cheese has melted, 15 to 20 minutes. *Best when eaten immediately.
  • For the marinara sauce: Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add the oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan completely. Add the onion and garlic and saute, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes, until browned. Lower the heat if they begin to burn. The more color that develops on the onion and garlic, the more flavor they'll add to the finished sauce.
  • Once the onions and garlic are tender and caramel in color, add the crushed tomatoes and the tomato paste and stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (oregano through pepper), stir, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Lower the heat to the lowest setting, cover, and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the bottom does not burn. Serve.


Nutrition Information for 1 serving Baked Ziti:
Calories 431, Fat 12.9g, Sodium: 858.3mg, Carb 56.1g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 0.2g, Protein 22.7g
Nutrition Information for 1 serving Marinara Sauce (about ½ cup): Calories 86, Total Fat 3.6g, Sat Fat 0.5g, Sodium 281.7g, Carb 12.5g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 9.6g, Protein 1.8g


Calories: 431kcal | Fat: 12.9g