Tuesday, April 28, 2009

you have to try it

I just made this Baked Ziti from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook. Ohhhhhhh it was so good. You have to try it! Plus, I prepared it early in the day, put it in the refrigerator and then baked it at dinnertime. Sooo good considering it has 350 calories and 6g of fat. It has 8 servings so make sure you dole it out properly and save the rest for leftovers. 

Olive oil spray
1 (14.5 oz) box fiber-enriched ziti or penne rigate (reccomended Ronzoni Smart Taste)
1 (15 ounce) container fat-free ricotta cheese
2 large egg whites
8 ounces (4 cups) finely shredded reduced-fat mozearella cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
3.5 cups low-fat, low-sodium, marinara
2 tablespoon grated reduced-fat parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly mist a 13 x 9 x 2 ceramic or glass baking dish with olive oil spray.

Cook the ziti according to package directions until al dente. Drain.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the ricotta, egg whites, and all but 1 cup of the mozzarella until well combined. Add the garlic powder and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir in the cooked pasta until well combined.

Spread 1 cup of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the prepared dish. Add half of the pasta in an even layer over the sauce. Top the pasta evenly with another 1 cup sauce. Layer the remaining pasta over the sauce. Spoon the remaining 1.5 cups sauce evenly over the top of the pasta, then sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and the Parmesan over the top.

Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer, or until the mozzarella is melted. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 pieces or spoon among 8 bowls and serve.

Makes 8 servings.

Per serving: 350 calories, 22 g proteins, 57 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat (3 g saturated), 20 mg cholesterol, 8 g fiber, 429 mg sodium


Lauren and Michael said...


Vanessa said...

YUM!!!! Can't wait to try:)

Vanessa said...

I made this last night and it was SOOOO YUMMY!!!! We had the left-overs, tonight:) Thank you, this is definitely a FAV in our house, now:)