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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 | Without Ricotta | Easy | With Italian Sausage | Recipe | For a Crowd #bakedziti #healthypastarecipes #foracrowd #weightwatchers
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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
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time1 hr 5 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Entrees, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Baked Pasta, Ziti
Servings: 9 Servings
Calories: 331.5kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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