In my quest to make healthier dishes for my wife, I made this baked Turkey and Ziti Casserole from Weight Watchers.
As far as ingredients go this recipe is pretty simple. No special ingredients are needed to make this weight watchers recipe.
I often like to provide ingredient substitutions for many of my recipes but since this is a weight watchers recipe I wanted to stay as true as possible to the original recipe they published many years ago in one of their books.
That being said, they listed a bake time of over 40 minutes to melt the mozzarella cheese in the oven at 375°F. Personally I think that is a little high so I took mine out of the oven sooner than that. You will need to watch this closely.
💭 Weight Watchers Disclaimer
I have personally never subscribed to Weight Watchers but have several family members that have over the years. This recipe comes from one of their old recipe books. I'm including the "points" listed in the book for convenience but if this is important to you, please confirm directly with Weight Watchers.
Weight Watchers Points for this recipe: 7 points per serving
💭 What is Al Dente
When making pasta, it's important to cook the pasta al dente to ensure to best texture possible. If you are not familiar with the term "al dente", it means cooking the pasta so it's still chewy and firm and that it will hold its shape when the sauce is added to it.
I love making dishes with ziti and my Baked Ziti with Tomatoes recipe is absolutely delish!
For more great recipes with Ground Turkey, I suggest you check these recipes out:
📋 What Ingredients do I need
You will need the following ingredients to make this Turkey and Ziti Casserole recipe from Weight Watchers (see recipe card for quantities): Ziti, Canola Oil, Lean Ground Turkey, Yellow Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Marinara Sauce, Part Skim Ricotta Cheese and Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese.
🥣 How to make Turkey and Ziti Casserole
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
In a saucepan, cook the ziti al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat the oil then add the ground turkey, onion, bell pepper, salt, and ground pepper.
Cook, stirring often, until the turkey is browned, about 10 minutes.
Fold in the ziti, marinara sauce, and ricotta. Spoon the mixture into a large nonstick baking dish. Top with mozzarella cheese.
Bake, uncovered until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted about 35-40 minutes.
Weight Watchers Turkey and Ziti Casserole
- Baking Dish
- 1 lb Ziti
- 2 teaspoon Canola Oil
- 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
- 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 24 oz Marinara Sauce
- 1 cup Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
- 1 cup Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a saucepan, cook the ziti al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat the oil then add the ground turkey, onion, bell pepper, salt, and ground pepper.
- Cook, stirring often, until the turkey is browned, about 10 minutes.
- Fold in the ziti, marinara sauce, and ricotta. Spoon the mixture into a large nonstick baking dish. Top with the mozzarella cheese.
- Bake, uncovered, until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted about 35-40 minutes.
Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.
This turkey and Zite casserole is the best I have ever tasted. So flavourful and delicious. A keeper for sure!