Low Fat Baked Ziti
I was extremely busy this week, so I decided I needed to cook a dish that would last all week, and taste relatively good for left overs. My mother (the cooking expert), suggested that I try a low fat Baked Ziti recipe of hers because she said it was fairly easy, it serves 8 and I had most of the cheese left from my last meal- Pasta with Ricotta Cheese and Spinach. It actually turned out great, and it was nice because I was able to have a lot of carbs without feeling guilty.
What the recipe calls for:
- 1 lb high fiber ziti such as Barilla Noodles
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic,minced
- salt and fresh pepper to taste
- 8 oz fat-free ricotta
- 1/4 cup Parmesan
- 2 cups (8 oz) part skim mozzarella
- Non stick cooking spray
Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray. In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to instructions until the noodles are firm. Drain noodles and return to pot. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add olive oil and sauté garlic. Add salt, pepper and chopped tomatoes. Season with garlic salt. Add sauce to the pasta and combine the ziti. Add half of the mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and ricotta. Mix well then transfer to the baking pan. Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Top with the remaining mozzarella. Bake for 30 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned.
Calories: 331 • Fat: 7.1 g • Protein: 17.5 g • Carb: 54.7 g • Fiber: 7.8 g
Steals & Deals:
I already had the garlic cloves, ricotta cheese, non stick cooking spray and olive oil from my previous dinner last week. I went to Wal Mart and bought Hunt’s Crushed Tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano for $3.00. I also found a box of Barilla Ziti noodles for $2.00, Great Value Parmesan Cheese for $1.58 along with 8 oz of skim mozzarella cheese for $4.70. So for my low fat baked ziti it cost me about $13.00 and lasted 6 nights!