Baked Ziti


Layers of penne pasta and ground meat smothered in ultra-rich marinara sauce topped with plenty of cheeses (but not too many), and a flavorful spices combination. The famous Olive Garden Baked Ziti may just become your new family's favorite healthy version of baked pasta dish.

Healthy Ziti Al Forno


6 servings


Main Course


1 hour



Cook ziti or penne pasta according to package directions (Al dente). Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.

Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 F. Saute onion for 1 minute, add garlic and saute for another 1 minute. Add the meat and let cook until browned.

Stir in the spices, marinara sauce. Take it to a boil and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Pour half of the meat sauce over the pasta. Stir to combine.

Spread half of the ziti evenly into baking dish and top with ricotta and half mozzarella cheese. Add another layer of remaining ziti on top.

And now pour in the remaining meat sauce. Assemble the last layer with parmesan, and leftover mozzarella cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake on the center oven rack for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly becoming golden brown.

Remove the baked ziti from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley or basil on top before serving. Enjoy!.

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