I posted this macro friendly baked ziti on my Instagram page a couple of times and I got a lot of requests for the recipe. Baked ziti can be full of fat and empty carbs so I wanted to find a way to lighten it up a bit. This recipe for baked ziti is a healthier version of the usual favorite filled with tons of protein and made with chickpea pasta.
The nice thing about this recipe is that it makes 6 servings so it’s a great dish to use for meal prep or for a big family dinner. My husband loved it and if you have little ones, I’m sure it would please their pasta loving palates as well. Who doesn’t love a delicious bowl full of pasta?……I’ll wait here while you try to find someone…….Exactly.
This is another creation using chickpea pasta from Banza Pasta. It’s my favorite way to increase the protein in my pasta dishes. I buy my chickpea pasta at Sprouts or Target. I’ve even recently found it at my local Costco. I added a lean ground turkey and ground beef blend but you can omit the meat if you choose. I like doing a blend because while ground turkey is nice and lean in terms of fat content, it tastes like total cardboard to me alone. So usually, I mix it up with something a little more rich in flavor and fat to balance it out.
You can serve this all on it’s own or with a side salad to add in some veggies. I have also thrown in some chopped spinach or zucchini to this baked ziti and it works perfectly!
- 1 box ziti pasta (8 oz total)
- 1.5 lb ground turkey (or ground beef)
- 2.5 cups marinara sauce (I use Victoria's or Rao's Homemade)
- 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 4 oz light mozzarella cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tsp oregano
- 1 Tsp minced garlic
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Cook pasta according to package directions
- While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet. Once hot, add garlic and sautee for about 1 minute
- Add ground turkey and seasonings to skillet and cook until done
- Pre-heat oven to 375 and spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray
- In a large mixing bowl add turkey, pasta, 1.5 cups marinara, half of the mozzarella, cottage cheese and egg. Make sure the pasta and meat is cooled enough before adding the egg and then mix well.
- Add 1/2 cup of marinara to the bottom of the casserole dish and spread. Then top with contents of the mixing bowl
- Top with another 1/2 cup of marinara and remaining cheese
- Bake for 25 minutes (I placed in the broiler for about 1-2 minutes after baking as well)