Healthy Baked Ziti with Cottage Cheese

6 Pieces360 cals

Another week brings another cottage cheese recipe! That recipe? One of my favorite classics reinvented. This Healthy Baked Ziti with Cottage Cheese comes packed with flavor, is super cheap to make, and will last you the entire week.

P.S. The truth is that I may have bought way too much cottage cheese for last weeks recipe so we need to add another cottage cheese recipe to the list!!!

Start this recipe by preparing 8 ounces of dry pasta 1-2 minutes less than your box says to, we’re using ziti. The type of pasta and kind is completely up to you and what you have access to.

You’ll want your pasta to be soft but not mushy when it’s done. It should still have some hardness to it if that makes sense.

Why should you cook it for less time? Your pasta will continue to cook while you bake your healthy baked ziti with cottage cheese. If you fully cook your pasta prior to baking it there’s a chance it’ll end up mushy.

While your pasta is cooking add into a mixing bowl 1 1/2 cups of your favorite sauce, 1 1/2 cups of cottage cheese, 10 ounces of a cooked lean protein like ground beef, turkey, or chicken (I went with chicken), 1 cup of a mozzarella cheese, 1 large whole egg, 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, and a little pepper.

Mix all of those ingredients together.

Change up the flavor(s) by adding in anything else you want like other seasonings, spices, herbs, and so on!

Drain your pasta when it’s done cooking and mix it into your cheese mix.

High Protein Baked Ziti

Take out a baking dish and add in either some olive oil or non-stick cooking spray to the bottom of it. I used a 2 quart casserole dish.

Follow by adding in and evenly distributing 1/2 cup of your favorite sauce, your pasta mix, another 1/2 cup of sauce, 1/2 cup of some mozzarella cheese, and 3 tablespoons of some parmesan cheese.

Cover your baking dish with foil so that the top layer of cheese doesn’t burn and put it into the oven on 375F/190C for around 45-50 minutes.

Uncover your ziti and bake it for an additional 10 minutes or until your cheese has a nice color to it.

Did you know that you can quickly shape your foil or even parchment paper by simply wrapping it around the outside edges first rather rather pressing it in? Not only is this quicker, it’s guaranteed to save you some time and money.

Recipe Tips

A couple of my favorite tips for this healthy baked ziti with cottage cheese?

  • We add the macro breakdown for full, reduced, and fat free cottage cheese below in the recipe card.
  • If you’re in a time crunch you could eliminate the pasta prep by using a cooked pasta. Preparing it is definitely preferred but both ways taste great!
  • The most important part of this recipe? Make sure you have enough sauce! No noodles should be exposed or without a sauce bath.

Ready for a healthy cottage cheese dessert!? Try our Cottage Cheese Cheesecake next!

Healthy Baked Ziti with Cottage Cheese Recipe

Healthy Baked Ziti with Cottage Cheese

Level up your weekly meal prep with this simple and protein packed Healthy Baked Ziti with Cottage Cheese recipe! Easy to make and cheap.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked ziti, cottage cheese, healthy ziti, high protein ziti, meal prep
Servings: 6 Pieces
Calories: 360kcal
Cost: $5.10
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked ziti, cottage cheese, healthy ziti, high protein ziti, meal prep
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Pieces
Calories: 360kcal
Cost: $5.10

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Ingredients

  • 8 Ounces Pasta - 224g Dry Weight (Your choice kind)
  • 2 ½ Cups Pasta Sauce - 625g (I like Low Sodium/Sugar)
  • 1 ½ Cups Cottage Cheese - 339g (Full, Reduced, or Fat Free all work)
  • 10 Ounces Protein - 283g Cooked (Lean Ground Beef, Turkey, or Chicken)
  • 1 ½ Cup Mozzarella Cheese - 168g
  • 1 Large Whole Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning - 5g
  • 2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic - 10g
  • Black Pepper - Your choice
  • 3 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese - 15g

Instructions

  • Cook your pasta 1-2 minutes less than your box says to (soft with some hardness left to it)
  • Mix together 1 ½ Cups Pasta Sauce, your Cottage Cheese, choice cooked Protein, 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese, your Egg, Italian Seasoning, Minced Garlic, Pepper, and any other seasonings, spices, or herbs
  • Drain your pasta and mix that in
  • Take out a baking dish (I used a 2 quart casserole dish) and either add in some olive oil or non-sticking cooking spray
  • Layer in ½ Cup Pasta Sauce, your Pasta Mix, another ½ Cup Pasta Sauce, ½ Cup Mozzarella Cheese, and your Parmesan Cheese
  • Cover your baking dish with foil
  • Put your baking dish into the oven on 375F/190C for around 45-50 minutes
  • Uncover your dish
  • Cook it for an additional 10 minutes or until your cheese has a nice color to it

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Notes

Calories with Fat Free Cottage Cheese (Whole Recipe):
  • Calories: 2162
  • Fat: 50g
  • Saturated Fat: 24g
  • Sodium: 2780mg
  • Carbs: 222g
  • Fiber: 20g
  • Sugar: 49g
  • Protein: 206g
 
Calories with Fat Free Cottage Cheese Per Piece (Makes 6 Pieces):
  • Calories: 360
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 463.3mg
  • Carbs: 37g
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Sugar: 8.1g
  • Protein: 34.3g
 
Calories with Reduced Fat Cottage Cheese (Whole Recipe):
  • Calories: 2201
  • Fat: 57g
  • Saturated Fat: 28g
  • Sodium: 2475mg
  • Carbs: 222g
  • Fiber: 20g
  • Sugar: 55g
  • Protein: 200g
 
Calories with Full Fat Cottage Cheese (Whole Recipe):
  • Calories: 2269
  • Fat: 65g
  • Saturated Fat: 32g
  • Sodium: 2082mg
  • Carbs: 221g
  • Fiber: 20g
  • Sugar: 54g
  • Protein: 200g

Nutrition

Calories: 360kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 34.3g | Fat: 8.3g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 463.3mg | Fiber: 3.3g | Sugar: 8.1g

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