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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 6 1.5 cup servings (estimate)
Calories 590kcal
WW Freestyle Points 9


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 lb whole wheat ziti
  • 2.5 cups tomato sauce 23.5 oz jar - low or no salt added
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella separated
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Boil ziti until al dente- approximately 8 minutes. Check your pasta box and I would suggest to cook 3-4 minutes less than the time they recommend. Remember, the pasta will continue to cook in the oven! 
  • While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a separate pan. Brown the turkey, garlic and pepper until completely cooked (approximately 10 minutes) + set aside.
  • In the pot you boiled the pasta, mix together drained pasta, cooked turkey, tomato sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan cheese, and basil.
  • Pour mixture into a large baking dish (13x9 or 11x7) Sprinkle remaining cup of mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Cover and bake at 350 for 30 minutes until cheese is melted.



Substitutions for this recipe:
  • Meat: 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
  • WW Freestyle: Points calculated using 99% fat free turkey. Use Fat Free Shredded mozzarella to save 2.5SP per serving by using fat free shredded mozzarella. Save .5SP by using fat free ricotta
  • Can you make baked ziti without meat? If you'd like to, sure! It will not have as much protein, but it will still be yummy!
  • Can you use gluten free pasta? Yes! You can use gluten free or regular white flour pasta in this recipe. Just make sure not to overcook the pasta!
  • Can you use low fat ricotta? I would not recommend doing this. I think that low fat ricotta is significantly less creamy and does not have nearly as much flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Baked Ziti
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 590 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 541mg24%
Potassium 636mg18%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 928IU19%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 338mg34%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is an estimate and can vary pending your ingredients
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