Baked Ziti Bolognese


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This classic Baked Zitti Bolognese is a delicious baked pasta dish packed with turkey bolognese, tons of veggies, and delicious melted mozzarella cheese. Great to prep and freeze for a make ahead meal.
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What you need:

  • 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 lb mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 jarred roasted red peppers, diced
  • 28 oz canned Italian crushed tomatoes
  • 24 oz marinara sauce (or your favorite pasta sauce)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lb. whole wheat pasta (ziti)
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, diced (or bocconcini, divided)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
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Step 1 Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and begin boiling the water for your pasta. First, you need to make your bolognese sauce. Spray a large pot with cooking spray or a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onions and ground turkey. Cook for 6-8 minutes until the turkey is cooked through. Add in the zucchini, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, garlic, basil, and thyme. Continue to cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Let simmer for ten minutes.
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Step 2 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.
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Step 3 Return the pasta to the pot and mix together with the bolognese sauce. Add in 1/2 of the mozzarella and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Mix well. Pour into a large baking dish (9x12 pan) 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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We hope you enjoy this delicious Baked Ziti Bolognese recipe.
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