Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baked Ziti - Healthy way

Regular ziti is kinda  not healthy, it has regular ziti pasta, which is not whole wheat, had lot of both cheese, ricotta and mozzarella and no vegetables, so make it healthy , I cut it ricotta and added little heavy cream to give some body to sauce. then add vegetables and above all its Whole wheat penne. Final result, awesome cheesy pasta is ready. Yes you can call it , it just cheesey pasta Italian way. For kids portion I put it lot of cheese, for us just a little bit. Pair it with garlic cheese bread and side of salad and dinner was done.

Ingredients :

1/2 box uncooked WW penne
1 big carrot finely chopped
1 onion chopped
1/4 cup frozen corn
Few black olives
Few stings of basil leaves
As per taste Italian seasoning and red chili flakes
4 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp. EVOO - Extra virgin olive oil
As per taste garlic powder
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup of Mozzarella cheese
1 Jar of Best quality Marinara sauce
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese


Cook and cool pasta as per package direction and keep it aside.
In a big pan, add olive oil in it.
Add garlic and flavor the oil for few seconds.
then add carrot, onion, corn in it.
Add seasoning, red chili flakes , garlic powder and cook it.
Add marinara sauce , leave 2-3 tbsp aside to coat the baking dish.
Add heavy cream and mix it, nicely and cook on low to medium flame for 5 minutes to give that whole day cooking flavor.
Add pasta in it and mix it nicely.
Add basil , olives in it.
Preheat the oven at 400 F.
In your baking dish, spread that reserve marinara sauce so pasta doesn't cook while baking.
Add half pasta and spread mozzarella cheese, then spread leftover pasta and more cheese on top.
On top sprinkle some parmesan cheese and put it in oven for 15-20 minutes or cheese is nice and melting.
Take it out, serve it along with salad and garlic bread.

Again, add your choice of vegetables, just make sure , cooking and baking don't make it mushy.

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  1. The baked pasta looks great. I like the idea of adding mozarella cheese to it.

  2. feeling hungry looking at the platter,yummy!

  3. Pasta with mozerella, always delightful. Grt job!

  4. Yummy pasta. Lovely presentation. You made me hungry. ::)

  5. This looks like a real treat! We do a vegan pasta bake in our house, made with ground nuts and seeds, plant milk and yeast flakes. Wholewheat pasta, sweetcorn and steamed broccoli and cauliflower, topped with sliced tomatoes and olives- a family favourite.

  6. This looks super delicious and I ma sure kids would love it.Its packed with lots of healthy vegetables too.

  7. The pasta looks easy to make and perfect for lunch .

  8. This looks so delicious.. esp. kids would love it..

  9. such a great idea of presenting and making recipe :)

  10. This platter is inviting me.. Looks very tempting dear.. Lovely pic too

  11. Looks really nice, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop.


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