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Vegetable Baked Ziti

Baked ziti doesn’t have to be doused in heavy cheese. This healthy baked ziti is packed with vegetables for a lower-fat and lower-sodium family dinner favorite.

Suggested Serving Size

1/2 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp dried Italian herb mix or herbes de Provence
  • 1/2 lb multigrain ziti or penne
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. On a baking sheet, toss the bell pepper, zucchini, squash, and onion strips with 1 tsp of the olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt, black pepper to taste and the dried herbs. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes. Set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan of boiling water, cook pasta over medium-high heat until just tender. Drain in a colander and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet, heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add chopped onion and garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, until onion is softened. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, black pepper to taste and parsley and simmer another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together cooked pasta, reserved vegetables, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan, and all but 1/4 cup of the tomato sauce. In a 13 x 9-inch baking dish, spread the remaining 1/4 cup tomato sauce. Pour in pasta mixture and top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition
Servings Per Container 8
Calories 224
Total Fat 6
Trans Fat 0
Poly Fat 0
Mono Fat 0
Cholesterol 10
Sodium 219
Total Carb 33
Fibers 2
Sugars 4
Proteins 10
Vitamin A 0
Vitamin C 0
Iron 0

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