Baked Ziti with Sausage & Peppers
Baked ziti with sausage and peppers is fantastic for feeding a crowd! Make ahead options are included, which makes entertaining or weeknight cooking even easier. 332 calories and 7 Weight Watchers SP
Servings: 9 Servings
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and salt well. Add the penne pasta and cook 2 minutes less than what is stated on the package directions (it will be cooking further when baked). Drain and rinse with cold water.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Add the sausages and cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Place the cottage cheese in a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl.
Add 1/4 cup tomato sauce to the cottage cheese and stir to combine. Stir in the pasta, sausages and roasted red peppers. Stir until the ingredients are coated with the sauce.
Coat a 7 x 11-inch baking dish (see note below) with cooking spray. Spread 3/4 cup tomato sauce along the bottom. Spread half of the pasta mixture over the tomato sauce, arranging it evenly over the bottom of the dish. Top the pasta with 1 cup tomato sauce, half of the mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and all of the basil.
Repeat the layer with the remaining pasta, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil and bake until bubbling, about 50 minutes.
Uncover and bake for additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Serve.
Weight Watchers Points: 7 (Freestyle SmartPoints)
Note: A 9 x 13-inch baking dish can also be used. Reduce the cooking time by about 5 minutes.
Serving: 1cup | Calories: 331.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.2g | Protein: 20.5g | Fat: 12.4g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 53.3mg | Sodium: 841.4mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 6.9g