Baked Ziti Recipe

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  1. Adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk the cottage cheese, eggs, and 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese together in a medium bowl; set aside. Bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot or Dutch oven over high heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon of salt and the pasta; cook, stirring often, until the pasta is just shy of al dente, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the pasta and leave in the colander (do not wash the pot).
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil and garlic in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant but not brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and oregano, and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Take skillet off the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of the freshly chopped basil and the sugar; then season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Stir the cornstarch into the heavy cream in a small bowl; transfer the mixture to the now-empty pot (which you didn't clean) and set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and add the cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup of the prepared tomato sauce, and 3/4 cup of the diced mozzarella; then stir to combine. Add the pasta and stir to coat thoroughly with sauce.
  5. Transfer the pasta mixture to a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and spread the remaining sauce evenly over the pasta mixture. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella and the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan over the top. Cover the baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and continue to cook until the cheese is bubbling and just beginning to brown, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let set for about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped basil and serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 217.73 Kcal (912 kJ)
Calories from fat 123.99 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.78g 21%
Cholesterol 73.49mg 24%
Sodium 1033.84mg 43%
Potassium 58.02mg 1%
Total Carbs 3.79g 1%
Sugars 1.54g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.17g 1%
Protein 9.89g 20%
Vitamin C 1.3mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 155.5mg 16%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 162.23 Kcal (679 kJ)
Calories from fat 92.38 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.26g 21%
Cholesterol 54.76mg 24%
Sodium 770.28mg 43%
Potassium 43.23mg 1%
Total Carbs 2.82g 1%
Sugars 1.15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.13g 1%
Protein 7.37g 20%
Vitamin C 1mg 2%
Iron 0.3mg 2%
Calcium 115.8mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 5.5
  • 5

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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