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Healthier Baked Ziti I


"I love pasta but it is not always the healthiest thing to have for dinner. To make this one a little less guilty, I use turkey and add a carrot to the sauce. So tasty!"
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1 h 20 m servings 525 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings


  • Calories:
  • 525 kcal
  • 26%
  • Fat:
  • 19.9 g
  • 31%
  • Carbs:
  • 58g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 27.6 g
  • 55%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 74 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium:
  • 914 mg
  • 37%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Lightly butter a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and ground turkey until onion is translucent and turkey is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Add spaghetti sauce and carrot; simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes. Layer ingredients into prepared baking dish as follows: half the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, half the sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese, and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until cheeses are melted, about 30 minutes.


  • Editor's Note:
  • This recipe is a healthier version of Baked Ziti I.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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  1. 42 Ratings

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Simply delicious! And to think this is a healthier version of an all time favorite makes it even better. This is very easy to throw together and perfect for a hearty weeknight meal. So if your'...

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very bland, did not like the carrots. Will not fix again.

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Simply delicious! And to think this is a healthier version of an all time favorite makes it even better. This is very easy to throw together and perfect for a hearty weeknight meal. So if your'...

This was a good spring board recipe. I made a few changes that I believe made it not only healthier than this recipe, but tastier! Rather than use plain turkey, use turkey Italian sausage. If...

A great re-make of one of my favorites. I didn't think that the 50 Calorie per serving difference between the original and this recipe was that significant. I used Whole Wheat Pasta, only 1 cu...

Delicious, very hearty. Added some mushrooms as well.

This is a great recipe that is customizable. I used vegetarian crumbles to make it meat-free, and added a thawed/drained box of frozen spinach. The provolone I thought I had turned out to be Hav...

I really enjoyed the flavor of this dish. I would avoid adding the carrot unless you don't mind the crunchy texture in the sauce- I did add the carrot and even sauteed it with the onion, but i...

A good recipe. I cut it in half (except for the meat) and put it in an 8x8 pan.

Loved this - I don't miss the beef at all, and I love that it's healthier and has carrots snuck in. I followed the recipe to the T with the addition of 1 more carrot since the one I had was smal...

I thought this was a great recipe. I love the fact that ground turkey was used. The cheeses and the sour cream worked well together. I will say that I didn't use fat-free sour cream though, u...