Cheesy baked ziti

Cheesy baked ziti

Cheesy baked ziti
Recipe type: pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ziti, rigatoni, mostaccioli or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can low-sodium diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) container low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese - divided use
  • 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese - divided use
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ⅓ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil (or 1 tablespoon dried)
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in large bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C).
  3. Spray a non-stick skillet with vegetable oil cooking spray. Heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes.
  4. Place ricotta cheese, 1½ cups of the mozzarella cheese, 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and milk in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  5. Add the tomato and cheese mixtures, parsley, basil and pepper to the cooked pasta. Toss well to combine.
  6. Spray a 2½ to 3-quart baking dish (a 12x9x2-inch oblong dish works well) with vegetable spray. Spoon the pasta mixture into the dish. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheeses.
  7. Bake at 400°F (205°C) for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.