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Baked Ziti

  • Author: Jen Lopez
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This recipe for a healthy baked ziti is the perfect comforting weeknight meal and also works great for meal prep. It's macro friendly, gluten free and so delicious!


  • 1 box ziti pasta noodles (8 oz total)
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beed (96/4)
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, divided (I love the Roasted Garlic from Primal Kitchen Foods)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 4 oz park-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet. Once hot, add garlic and saute for about 1 minute
  3. Add ground beef and seasonings to skillet and cook until done, breaking into crumbles
  4. Pre-heat oven to 375 and spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray
  5. In a large mixing bowl add ground beef, pasta, 2 cups marinara, half of the mozzarella, cottage cheese and egg.
  6. Add 1/2 cup of marinara to the bottom of the casserole dish and spread with a spoon. Then top with contents of the mixing bowl
  7. Top with another 1/2 cup of marinara and remaining cheese
  8. Bake for 25 minutes (I placed in the broiler for about 1-2 minutes after baking as well)
  9. Divide into 6 servings and top with fresh basil


Nutrition facts are for ingredients and amounts as listed in recipe


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 422
  • Fat: 17
  • Carbohydrates: 30
  • Fiber: 4.3
  • Protein: 40.2