Healthy Bake Ziti in a glass dish with a large black serving spoon.
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Healthy Baked Ziti

Healthy Baked Ziti is a lighter twist on a classic Italian dish. Made with ground turkey and whole wheat pasta, it's a hearty meal the anyone will love! Easily made gluten free + simple to prepare!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy baked ziti, lighter baked ziti
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 443kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Boil ziti until al dente- approximately 6 minutes. Check your pasta box and I would suggest to cook ½ the time they recommend. Remember, the ziti will continue to cook in the oven! 
  • While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a separate pan. Brown the turkey until completely cooked (approximately 10 minutes) + set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, mix together 1 cup of mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan cheese, basil + pepper. Toss the cooked ziti with the cheese mixture and stir.
  • Stir in ground turkey, tomatoes + spices to pasta/cheese mixture. Pour pasta mixture into 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cup of mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta mixture.
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until cheese is melted.


  • Can you make this baked ziti with sausage? Yes! You could make this with sausage or any other type of meat you like. Ground beef or chicken would work.
  • Can you make this baked ziti with spinach? Yes, I have made this with chopped spinach added in and it is delicious.
  • Can you make this baked ziti with cottage cheese? I haven't tried this but I think you can swap 1/2 of the ricotta for cottage cheese if you're looking for a higher protein, lower fat dinner

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Baked Ziti
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 443 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 280mg 12%
Potassium 220mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Calcium 24.4%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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