Baked Ziti Casserole Recipe

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Baked Ziti Casserole
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  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk cottage cheese, eggs, and 1 cup Parmesan together in medium bowl; set aside. Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in large Dutch oven over high heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and pasta; cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta begins to soften but is not yet cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain pasta and leave in colander (do not wash Dutch oven).
  2. Meanwhile, brown ground hamburger with diced onion, set aside. Heat oil and garlic in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until garlic is fragrant but not brown, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, oregano; and browned hamburger, simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in 1/2 cup basil and sugar, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir cornstarch into heavy cream in small bowl; transfer mixture to now-empty Dutch oven set over medium heat. Bring to simmer and cook until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove pot from heat and add cottage cheese mixture, 1 cup of your tomato sauce mixture, and 3/4 cup mozzarella, then stir to combine. Add pasta and stir to coat thoroughly with sauce.
  4. Transfer pasta mixture to a prepared 13- by 9-inch baking dish and spread remaining tomato sauce evenly over pasta. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan over top. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove foil and continue to cook until cheese is bubbling and beginning to brown, about 30 minutes longer.
  6. NOTE: If you don't have heavy cream, whole milk can be substituted by increasing the amount of cornstarch to 2 teaspoons and increasing the cooking time in step 3 by 1 to 2 minutes. Avoid preshredded mozzarella cheese, as it does not melt well.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 443.79 Kcal (1858 kJ)
Calories from fat 184.36 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20.48g 32%
Cholesterol 106.72mg 36%
Sodium 2619.93mg 109%
Potassium 615.94mg 13%
Total Carbs 24.46g 8%
Sugars 11.61g 46%
Dietary Fiber 2.77g 11%
Protein 29.54g 59%
Vitamin C 12.9mg 21%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Calcium 469.3mg 47%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 132.44 Kcal (554 kJ)
Calories from fat 55.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.11g 32%
Cholesterol 31.85mg 36%
Sodium 781.84mg 109%
Potassium 183.81mg 13%
Total Carbs 7.3g 8%
Sugars 3.46g 46%
Dietary Fiber 0.83g 11%
Protein 8.81g 59%
Vitamin C 3.8mg 21%
Iron 0.6mg 12%
Calcium 140.1mg 47%

* 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

  • 10
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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