Low Calorie, Tasty, Heart Healthy Baked Ziti with Turkey Meatballs

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Quick and Easy for a Homemade weeknight meal.

Made with your favorite brand of sauce and boxed pasta, lean ground turkey and fresh mozzarella. Follow these easy to understand steps for a simple, heart healthy, delicious meal! This dish involves minimal prep and a short cooking time, it is tasty, straightforward, uncomplicated and sure to please even the most picky eaters. Thanks for taking the time to check out my homemade recipes.....enjoy!

Baking the Meatballs
Baking the Meatballs
Meatballs Swimming in the Sauce
Meatballs Swimming in the Sauce
Mozzerella Smothered Ziti
Mozzerella Smothered Ziti

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
Yields: Serves 4 hungry people with meatballs leftover!

Ingredients

  • 1 Lb. Ground Turkey
  • 1 Lb. Ground Pork
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • Salt and Pepper, To Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Dry Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes, Optional
  • 1 24-28 oz. Jar Favorite Spaghetti Sauce, Bertolli, Tuttorossi, Classico....
  • 1 Lb. Ziti
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 16 oz. Container Ricotta Cheese, Part Skim
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper, To taste
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 1 Cup Shredded 2% Mozzerella
  • 1 24-28 oz. Jar Favorite Spaghetti Sauce, Bertolli, Tuttorossi, Classico....

Putting it all together

  1. Start by making the meatballs. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine together the pork, turkey, bread crumbs, milk, parmesan cheese, egg and seasonings. Mix together lightly with your hands till thoroughly incorporated, taking care not to over mix as this will make for tough meatballs.
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray or lightly coat with Olive oil. Roll meatballs into approx 4" diameter balls. This will yield 10-12 hefty meatballs. Place meatballs on cookie sheet and bake for 50 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking. When cooked, put meatballs and jar of sauce in a 4 quart saucepan and let simmer until the Ziti is done.
  3. While the meatballs are cooking, lets make the Ziti. Cook Ziti according to package directions. Approx 10 mins. for al dente "to the tooth". Drain pasta and add to a lasagna pan. Mix together olive oil, pasta, ricotta cheese, parmesan, sauce and seasonings. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes, top with mozzerella and bake 10 minutes more until cheese is melted to your liking. Serve with meatballs, crusty bread and a salad for a wonderful home cooked meal!!! Enjoy

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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

This looks great! I use ground turkey when I make my meatballs too.

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