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Baked Ziti Casserole


  • 4 ounces 115 grams uncooked whole­grain ziti or penne pasta 1 pound (450 grams) lean (99/1) ground turkey 1 small (70 grams) onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 (24­ounce or 720 grams) jar no­salt­added marinara sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 ounces (140 grams) fresh baby spinach 1 (12­ounce or 335 grams) package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped 1 cup (4 ounces or 110 grams) shredded part­skim mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, divided


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to pot or transfer to a large bowl.
  • While pasta cooks, spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium heat. Cook turkey, onion, and garlic for 5 minutes, until turkey is crumbled and cooked through. Stir in marinara sauce, artichoke hearts and salt. Cook 1–2 minutes, until thoroughly heated. Stir in spinach. Cook, tossing with tongs, until spinach is wilted. Stir turkey mixture into pasta.
  • Spoon pasta mixture into a lightly greased 13­by­9­inch baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese; bake for 35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle with basil before serving.


Nutrition Information Serves: 6 | Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups (10.5 ounces or 383 grams) Per serving: Calories: 286; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 57mg; Sodium: 400mg; Carbohydrate: 28g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 31g Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 45mg; Iron: 14%; Vitamin A: 13%; Vitamin C: 14%; Calcium: 16%