This ziti recipe is a healthier alternative to the traditional Italian dish, but it doesn’t lack in flavor and still fills you up. Better yet, it’s simple to make and affords you time to prepare a salad or other side dishes.
3/4 pounds turkey sausage
1 green pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
28 ounces (2 cans) diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
12 ounces uncooked whole wheat pasta, cooked according to package instructions
8 ounces low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
Brown the turkey sausage in a large skillet. Add diced onion and pepper and cook until softened. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and spices, mix thoroughly and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Add the cooked ziti and 5 ounces of the mozzarella cheese. Mix together, then transfer to a 9-by-13 pan. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for about 20 minutes. Makes 8 servings.