Baked Ziti

On this episode of Recipe Rehab, the Burton family’s baked ziti recipe gets a healthy makeover.  With over a thousand calories, an overflow of fat, and a shovel full of sodium per serving, Chef Richard and Chef Vikki will battle it out to see who can rehab this recipe!  Which recipe will win over the Burton family by making it more nutritious without sacrificing any of the great flavor?



Serves 8

Cook Time 45 minutes

Prep Time 15 minutes



Olive oil cooking spray

12 ounces whole-wheat penne pasta

1 cup lean ground Jennie-O Turkey

½ cup, or 2 Jennie-O Lean Sweet Italian turkey sausage, removed from casing

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 medium white onion, fine chopped (1 cup)

2 medium ribs of celery, fine chopped (1 cup)

2 medium carrots, fine chopped (1 cup)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground pepper

1 cup low sodium beef stock

½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 14-ounce can Hunts fire roasted tomato, pureed

1 teaspoon tomato paste

1 bay leaf (remove before baking)

4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

8 ounces low fat mozzarella cheese, shredded



Preheat the oven to 375˚F.

Lightly spray 9×13-inch baking dish with olive oil spray

Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Reserve.

In a large skillet, brown the Jennie-O lean ground turkey and Jennie-O lean sweet Italian turkey sausage in olive oil.  Once the turkey mixture is cooked through and no longer pink add the onions, celery, and carrots to the pan. Add salt and pepper. Continue to cook until vegetables begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the cheese, and simmer until thick.

Add the pasta to the sauce and place the pasta mixture into a baking pan. Top with low fat mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan.

Bake in the preheated oven until cheeses are melted, about 30 minutes.

Remove the baked ziti from the oven and garnish with fresh basil. Now it’s ready to serve!


Nutritional information (per serving):  

Calories                370

Fat calories            110

Total fat grams         13

Sat fat grams           5

Cholesterol mg          40

Sodium mg               840

Total carbohydrates g    45

Fiber g                 7

Sugars g                8

Protein g               23