Here’s a tasty but healthy version of the Italian archetypal. You’ll enjoy how easy this can be put together and you’ll only need less than 10 ingredients to make these Weight Watchers Baked Ziti.
Learn how to make Weight Watchers WW Italian Baked Ziti Pasta with 9 SmartPoints – a delicious and healthy pasta dish that will fill you up without the guilt!
This classic Italian dinner with ricotta cheese, marinara sauce, and red pepper flakes are honestly to die for! I love the combination of flavors and how each bite melts into your mouth with its savory goodness.
In less than 20 minutes, you’ll have a fulfilling meal that you can serve at home and tastes better than any other pasts you’ve tried! So if the day has been so tiring for you and you’re in search of a healthy and appetizing meal for everyone, this recipe is it.
Weight Watchers WW Italian Baked Ziti Pasta 9 SmartPoints
There are a couple of ways to make this Italian Baked Ziti, ranging from simple to complex. It’s totally up to you and the available time you’ll have for the night. That’s what I love the most about this dish!
It’s so versatile and I can create various options for this without opting to buy something store-bought for the night. There are different ways to make this like in some recipes they stir everything together and with others, they’re overlaid like a lasagna (which is what I did in this recipe).
I know everyone has their own favorite but I simply went with this simple weight watcher’s easy-baked ziti recipe for the night where I’m too lazy to spend so much time in the kitchen and I want to whip something up real quick.
For the vegetarian option, I went with no meat on this but feel free to add some sausage, ground beef, or turkey if you like. You can include some extra vegetables, cooked chopped mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, and spinach too.
Meat: Ground beef, ground turkey, or sausage can complement this well, as would sliced meatballs.
Cheese: Ricotta or cottage cheese for the velvety texture. A layer of freshly sliced mozzarella or provolone will taste heavenly (that’s why I chose these specific cheeses to add to this!).
1 pound(s), rigatoni or penne
¾ pound(s) Part-skim ricotta cheese
¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese, divided
4 cup(s) marinara sauce
½ pound(s) Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
¼ cup(s) basil cut into ribbons, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 ºF or a saucepan over medium heat. Coat bottom and sides of a lasagna pan with cooking spray.
Cook the pasta according to package directions; then rinse with cool water and drain.
While pasta is cooking, in a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, red pepper flakes, 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, and 1/3 cup marinara sauce.
To assemble ziti, spoon 1/2 cup sauce on the bottom of the prepared pan; top with half of the pasta in an even layer.
Evenly spread pasta with ricotta mixture; cover with half of the remaining sauce. Top with remaining pasta and spoon remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with mozzarella and remaining tablespoon Parmesan.
Bake until cheese melts and is browned for about 20 to 30 minutes. Allow ziti to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing into 12 pieces.
Recipe from WW
You might also want to try these other Weight Watchers recipes!
Weight Watchers French Toast 7 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Caesar Salad 2 Points
Weight Watchers 0 Points Spaghetti Sauce
If you make this recipe then be sure to come back and leave a comment below and tell us what you think!