Baked Ziti Bolognese

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To be completely honest, I am not the biggest pasta eater. Generally if it isn’t fresh homemade pasta, it is not something that I would reach for. However, every once in awhile, especially on a cold night, I crave baked ziti full of oozey, gooey cheesy goodness. And surprisingly, with a few simple twists, you can make a delicious and completely diet friendly version of baked ziti bolognese. Serve with a green salad and it’s a perfect, quick, simple meal on a cold night.

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Baked Ziti Bolognese

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  • 1 lb. high fiber pasta
  • 3/4 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 3 U garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 U sprig fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 U zucchini, diced
  • 36 oz canned Italian crushed tomatoes (you could get away with just 28 oz but I like mine moist)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz fresh mozzerella
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
1.25 cups (251g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316
Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 43mg
Sodium 152mg
Total Carbohydrate 43g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 6g
Protein 20g


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and begin boiling the water for your pasta.
  2. First, you need to make your bolognese sauce. Spray a large saute pan with cooking spray and brown the ground beef for about 5 minutes. Then add in the onion and garlic and continue to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, zucchini, basil, fresh thyme sprig, salt, and pepper. Let simmer for ten minutes.
  3. As the bolognese simmers, cook your pasta in salted boiling water until just al dente (about 7-8 minutes for most pasta). Drain pasta and set aside. Run cool water over it if the bolognese still needs to simmer to stop the pasta from cooking further.
  4. Return the pasta to the pot and mix together with the bolognese sauce. Add in 1/2 of the mozzarella pearls, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, red pepper, and additional salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  5. Pour into a large baking dish and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top. Cook for 30 minutes until the cheese begins to brown and bubble. Serve immediately.
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10 servings 1.25 cups (251g) 316 cal 43 g 13 g 20 g 7 g 5 g 43 g 152 g 6 g

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