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Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti

Sausage & Peppers Baked Ziti

This healthy baked ziti recipe doesn’t require any chopping and is made on the stovetop, so it is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Using whole-wheat pasta adds fiber; opt for penne if whole-wheat ziti is hard to find.


4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

Prep Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes


  • 8ounces whole-wheat penne or ziti
  • 116-ounce bag frozen pepper and onion mix (not thawed)
  • 6ounces turkey sausage (2 large links), crumbled
  • 28-ounce cans no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4teaspoon salt
  • 1/2cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
  • 3/4cup Italian blend shredded cheese


  1. Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add frozen vegetables and sausage; cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid from the vegetables has evaporated, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler.
  4. Stir tomato sauce, garlic powder, oregano and salt into the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in cottage cheese and the pasta. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Top with shredded cheese.
  5. Place the skillet under the broiler to brown the cheese, 1 to 2 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

Per serving (recipe makes 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each)

Calories 430kcal
Carbohydrate Total 61g
Total Sugars 37g
Added Sugars 0g
Fiber 11g
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 4g
Mono Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 48mg
Sodium 708mg
Protein 28g
Potassium 835mg
Calcium 266mg
Folate 68mcg
Omega-6 2g
Vitamin E 4mg
Zinc 4mg
Vitamin B3 7mg