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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 8 people
Calories 443kcal
WW Freestyle Points 11



  • 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.



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 443 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 280mg12%
Potassium 220mg6%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Calcium 244mg24%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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