Easy Italian Ziti - KNEP - Kentucky Nutrition Education Program


Easy Italian Ziti

Servings:8Serving Size:1/8 of prepared recipe Recipe Cost:$14.10Cost per Serving:$1.69

Warning: Once your friends and family taste this, they’ll be asking you to make it all the time!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar low-sodium spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat ziti or penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté beef until it browns. Drain off the excess fat. Add spaghetti sauce and heat through.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley and garlic powder. Add cooked ziti and mix well.
  4. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1 cup of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the dish. Spoon ziti mixture into the pan and top with remaining sauce and Mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes uncovered. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Source: Sarah Brandl, Extension Specialist for Kentucky Nutrition Education Program, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

Nutrition facts per serving: 310 calories; 9g fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 0g trans fat; 75mg cholesterol; 350mg sodium; 32g carbohydrate; 3g fiber; 9g sugar; 26g protein; 15% Daily Value of vitamin A; 4% Daily Value of vitamin C; 20% Daily Value of calcium; 15% Daily Value of iron