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Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

Weight Watchers friendly easy baked ziti made light and delicious, for a comforting dinner the whole family will love!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 6
Calories: 364
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 8 ounces ziti or other short cut pasta, uncooked (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups non-fat cottage cheese (pureed in a blender for a creamier result, if desired)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook ziti according to package directions. Drain, and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, crumble meat in a large skillet coated with non-stick cooking spray. Add onions. Saute, breaking up the meat into crumbles, until it is fully cooked, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir the spaghetti sauce into the meat.
  • In large bowl, combine cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly. Add cooked ziti and mix well.
  • Spread about 1/3 of the meat, onion, and spaghetti sauce mixture in bottom of prepared pan.
  • Spoon ziti and cheese mixture into pan.
  • Pour the remaining sauce mixture over the top. Sprinkle with a little more grated Parmesan if desired.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *9
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *9
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *8
Nutrition Facts
Easy Baked Ziti Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /6th of recipe)
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 91
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.1g16%
Carbohydrates 42.8g14%
Fiber 3.7g15%
Protein 26.7g53%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: baked pasta, healthy pasta recipe, pasta with ground beef